Gender and Politics
Dr. Jennifer Brubaker has developed an area of study in Political Communication, creating courses and applied learning projects, such as WingSpan and Run to the Polls, to provide students with a combination of theory and praxis in preparation for post-graduate experiences. She is a researcher and published author in a variety of competitive scholarly publications. Her research includes studies in political communication, media effects, interpersonal communication, and pedagogy.A tenured Associate Professor, she holds a Ph. D. (Communication Studies) from Kent State University, an M.A. (Journalism and Mass Communication) and a B.S. (Business Administration) from The Ohio State University.
Judge Lindsey Luther worked in the insurance industry across North Carolina before her transition into law school. Ben David invited her to work in his office as an intern and after that her career path shifted significantly. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and sociology. She then graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law. After law school, she was hired by the District Attorney’s Office and began her career. She was elected to the position of District Court Judge in 2014. .
Representative Susi Hamilton serves District 18 in the North Carolina House of Representatives. She has served in the house since 2011. Hamilton also owns Hamilton Planning, a consulting firm specializing in city planning and downtown economic development. She has previously served as Wilmington Downtown Inc.’s executive director.
New Hanover Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Redenbaugh formerly served as a New Hanover County School Board member. Redenbaugh earned her B.S. in the Administration of Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. As a board member, Redenbaugh focused on redistricting issues in the New Hanover region. She was awarded the Courage Award for her work.
Dr. Chadwick Roberts is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department at University of North Carolina. He attended Bowling Green State University where he earned his doctorate. He is a member of the Student Media Advisory Board and the LGBT Resource Center Advisory Board at UNCW and he teaches courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies program.
This week on WingSpan we discuss gender bias that exists in the political field. We have local female politicians District Court Judge Lindsey Luther, NC State Representative Suzy Hamilton, and New Hanover Democratic Chair Elizabeth Redenbaugh here to discuss their own experiences with social stigma in politics surrounding gender identity. Lastly, guests present national research on the subject.
Angela Douglas is the Principal Strategist for Douglas Strategy Group LLC. This group works promoting local governments, political candidates, and small businesses. Before serving with this company, she was a lecturer of political science and public administration at UNCW. She taught courses in American government, campaign politics, public administration and social policy. She is currently completing her Ph. D. In Political Science at the University of South Carolina.