Kent State’s School of Communication Studies to Host Colloquium on Gender Bias in Politics
Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies will host its second colloquium on Friday, Nov. 4, at 2:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall, rooms 312 and 314.
This discussion will be presented by Ryan Claassen, Ph.D., political science professor at Kent State and graduate coordinator, and is titled “Will Sexism Be the Presidential Election’s November Surprise?”
Claassen will discuss the possible circumstances surrounding this year’s presidential election and the role gender can play in politics. He will introduce various methods for uncovering hidden biases in surveys, specifically biases related to gender and how those biases could influence election outcomes. This is a continuation of his research in The Washington Post Monkey Cage article, “Will Sexism Be the U.S. Presidential Election’s November Surprise?”
“We find explicit biases, but positive and negative biases cancel out indicating that bias is likely electorally inconsequential,” Claassen says.
Attendees will learn how to uncover and explain small hidden biases against women involved in the political environment.
Claassen’s research investigates political participation, citizen competence, public opinion, election administration, religion and politics, interest groups and racial and ethnic politics. His first book, Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans? Party Activists, Party Capture, and the God Gap, has been reviewed in The Christian Century, Perspectives and Public Opinion Quarterly. His work has been featured in several political journals, including American Politics Research and The Journal of Politics.
The presentation is free of charge, and all faculty and graduate students are invited to attend. The series provides an opportunity for faculty and students to foster intellectual and collaborative discussions, and to stay informed about current research efforts.
The final 2016 Fall Semester colloquium will take place on Friday, Dec. 2.