Rosalyn L. Cooperman, Associate Professor of Political Science, earned a Ph.D. (2002) in political science from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. (1991) in political science from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Congress Reconsidered (2001), Women & Politics (2002), and Polling America: An Encyclopedia of Public Opinion (2005). In addition, her article “Party Polarization, Party Commitment, and Conflict Extension among American Party Activists” appeared in American Political Science Review (2010) and her article “Where Are the Women? Women as Candidates in the Republican Party of Virginia” appeared in the Virginia Social Science Journal (2011). She is currently working on a book project that examines the role of political parties and organizations in the recruitment and support of women congressional candidates. Dr. Cooperman is the recipient of University of Mary Washington Professional Activity Grants, an American Political Science Association Graduate Student Grant, and several Vanderbilt University grants. Dr. Cooperman was a principal investigator for the 2004 Convention Delegate Study, a national survey of democratic and republican party activists.
She also has made numerous conference presentations across the country. Dr. Cooperman has professional experience in the political arena, having served as campaign manager for Hoosiers for Jill Long, Lyndon B. Johnson Intern in the office of Congresswoman Jill Long, and a committee aide for the Montana State Legislature. She is an expert in American government, congressional campaigns and elections, U.S. Congress, political parties, and women and politics.