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Department: Political Science, Economics, Sociology

Mary-Kate LizotteMary-Kate Lizotte

Associate Professor of Political Science


Harbert 312

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
Box 549007
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-7788
Office Fax: (205) 226-4847
E-mail: mlizotte@bsc.edu

Brief Career Background:

Associate Professor at BSC 2015 to present
Assistant Professor at BSC 2009-2015

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, 2009, Stony Brook University Examination Fields: Methodology, Political Psychology, and American Politics
    Dissertation: The Dynamics and Origins of the Gender Gap on Military Interventions
  • M.A., 2006, Stony Brook University
  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude with a double major: Political Science and American Studies, 2004, Providence College

Areas of Academic Interest:

My main research interest is in the study of women and politics, predominantly from a political behavior or political psychology perspective. I am particularly concerned with the origins and implications of gender differences in public opinion, often referred to as gender gaps.


Lizotte, Mary-Kate. Accepted. "The Gender Gap on Torture Attitudes." A research note.  Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Lizotte, Mary-Kate. (in press, available online) "Investigating Women's Greater Support of the Affordable Care Act." The Social Science Journal.

Lizotte, Mary-Kate. (2016) "Gender, Voting, and Reproductive Rights Attitudes." In Kyle L. Kreider and Thomas J. Baldino [Eds.] Minority Voting in the United States. Praeger.

Lizotte, Mary-Kate. (2015) "The Abortion Attitudes Paradox: Model Specification and Gender Differences" Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy, 36(1): 1-21.

Verhulst, Brad and Mary-Kate Lizotte (April, 2011). "The Influence of Affective States on the Depth of Information Processing." In Marcos Engelken-Jorge, Pedro Ibarra Guell, and Carmelo Moreno del Rio [Eds.] Politics & Emotions: The Obama Phenomenon. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.

Lizotte, Mary-Kate and Andrew Sidman (2009). "Explaining the Gender Gap in Political Knowledge." Politics and Gender, 5(2): 127-151.

Huddy, Leonie, Erin Cassese, and Mary Kate Lizotte. (March, 2008). "Sources of Political Unity and Disunity Among Women: Placing the Gender Gap in Perspective." In Lois Duke Whittaker [Ed] Voting the Gender Gap. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Huddy, Leonie, Erin Cassese, and Mary Kate Lizotte. (March, 2008). "Gender and Public Opinion." In Christina Wolbrecht, Karen Beckwith, and Lisa Baldez [Eds.] Political Women and American Democracy: Critical Perspective on Women and Politics Research. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Courses Taught:

PS 101 Introduction to American Government and Politics
A survey of research on the institutions of American government–the Presidency, the Congress, and the Supreme Court–and on political behavior at the mass, elite, and organizational levels. Questions of democratic theory are applied to the American context. Fall, Spring.

PS/EC/SO 204: Survey Data Analysis and Statistics
Theory and practice in formulating hypotheses and evaluating them by analyzing secondary sources of data with statistical analysis software. Emphasis is placed on data management, data analysis, the use of appropriate statistics, and the interpretation of statistical output. Though intended as a prerequisite for EC 304, PS 304 or SO 304, this course can help any student develop analytical skills.

PS 250 The Public Policy Process
A comparative analysis of the politics of public policy making. Emphasis is placed on major policy questions which confront national and local governments.

PS 304 Research Methodology
The scientific method applied to social and political phenomena: formulating hypotheses; techniques for collecting data, measuring variables, and interpreting research findings. The course includes a laboratory in which statistical procedures are applied, interpreted, and documented through completion of a significant research project. Also listed as SO 304, this course may be counted for credit in either political science or sociology. Prerequisite: PS 204.

PS 310 Women and Politics
An examination of the political implications of gender in the American context. The relationship between gender and public policy is considered with a focus on a number of policy areas that have a notable impact on women. Next, extent to which gender influences political attitudes and behavior is examined with an emphasis on gender differences in public opinion. The final section of the course focuses on women's participation in political life including women as political candidates and office holders.

PS 345 American Political Behavior
Dominant patterns in political culture analyzed for their effect on socialization, elections, and public policy. Ideological, social, and technological change provide the substance for a critique of methodologies. An examination of the role of the media is included.

PS 355 American Presidency and Congress
An examination of the executive and legislative branches, including the relationship between the President and Congress, as well as how both interact with the Bureaucracy, the news media and the public. A Leadership Studies designated course.

MFS 100 Introduction to Media Studies
An introduction to critical analysis of mass media in the context of contemporary culture and social institutions, including an examination of how mass media, such as fi lm, television, advertising, the Internet, and others,  affects and refl ects cultural values, political attitudes, personal identity, and behavior. Students learn basic media literacy by developing conceptual tools for thinking critically about mass media, with a special emphasis on (1) how various media shape and convey meaning; and (2) the impact that the form, function, and institutional production of media have on local, national, and global communities.