The Women’s Initiative for Network Development (WIND) was founded by Dr. Kathleen Cunningham to promote supportive relationships among women faculty and graduate students.

WIND organizes regular professional development meetings to discuss issues of concern to women scholars, both in the department and in the profession at large. These social gatherings are designed to break down barriers between faculty and students at different stages of their careers, and often introduce GVPT women to faculty and graduate students from other political science departments in the region.

The WIND listserv also provides a way to share questions, ideas, and information to a network of women scholars.


For 2020-2021, WIND is led by Dr. Virginia Haufler and graduate assistant Renee Ding.

Contact: rding1 [at]




From the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog:

A 10-article series on women in political science 


From Rebecca Kreitzer: 

A compilation of research articles on women in academia


From Amy Smith at Mischiefs of Faction:

What can women (and men) do about gender inequality in academia? 


From Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy:

The Black Academic’s Guide for Winning Tenure — And Not Losing Your Soul

(Useful for scholars from all under-represented backgrounds.)





From Jane Lawrence Sumner at the University of Minnesota:

Syllabus gender balance assessment tool


From Women Also Know Stuff:

Database highlighting work by women scholars



Professional associations:

Women’s Caucus for Political Science (WCPS)

Midwest Women’s Caucus for Political Science (MWCPS)

APSA Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession

BSOS student presenting their research.