Wendy G. Smooth

Wendy G. Smooth

Wendy G. Smooth

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Arts and Sciences



286E University Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Public policy
  • Empowerment for women living with HIV/AIDS
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Welfare reform


  • Ph.D. in Political Science and Certificate in Women’s Studies University of Maryland, College Park

My research and teaching focus on women’s experiences in political institutions and the impact of public policies on women’s lives. I am currently working on a book entitled, Perceptions of Power and Influence: The Impact of Race and Gender in American State Legislatures, which examines the impact of race and gender on the distribution of power and influence in U.S. state legislatures. Based on this research, I was awarded the Best Dissertation in Women and Politics by the Women and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. I am particularly interested in the ways in which institutions preference gender and racial norms through their institutional arrangements, norms, preferences and day to day operating procedures.

In my courses, I address various public policies affecting women and girls including work/family and workplace diversity policies; empowerment for women living with HIV/AIDS; violence against women and girls; and welfare reform. My policy work is informed by my experiences as a senior research and policy associate with the Center for Women Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., which is the oldest feminist research and policy organization in the country. I continue to focus on public policies impacting women and communities of color as a faculty affiliate with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity here at OSU.

2021 Graduate Admissions:
I am open to new graduate advisees with interests specifically in women of color in US electoral politics and policy during the Autumn 2021 admissions cycle. Please email me to discuss your research interests.