Jean Reith Schroedel earned a BA in political science from the University of Washington (1980) and a Ph.D. in political science from MIT (1990). She taught at Yale University (1989-1991) before coming to CGU in 1991, where she is the Thornton F. Bradshaw chair emerita and will be teaching in fall 2021 at Scripps College. Schroedel has published six academic books, including Is the Fetus a Person (1990) that won the Victoria Schuck Prize and more than 50 articles. Her most recent book is Voting in Indian Country: The View From the Trenches (2020).
Areas of Expertise
Teaching and research interests include American political development, women and politics, public policy, Congress, women and the law, Supreme Court legitimacy, and Native voting rights. Over the past 10 years, most of Schroedel's publications have been on Native voting rights, which is her passion. She served as an expert witness in the Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch and Yazzie v. Hobbs voting rights cases and provided research that was used in Poor Bear v. Jackson County and Sanchez v. Cegavske.
Schroedel does volunteer work with tow national organizations--- the Native American Voting Rights Coalition and the Union of Concerned Scientists. In the local community, she is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and recently completed a series of classes, leading the certification by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). Nearly every day, Schroedel tries to knit, which she first began doing at the age of six. Since leaving CGU, she has started writing a murder mystery, which is great fun.
Selected Research and Publications
- "Yazzie v. Hobbs: the 2020 Election and Voting by Mail On and Off the Reservation." University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Journal (forthcoming)
- "Public Views of the United States Supreme Court in the Aftermath of the Kavanaugh Confirmation." Social Science Quarterly (2020).
- "Assessing the Efficacy of Early Voting Access on Indian Reservations: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Nevada." Politics, Groups and Identities. (2020).
- "Political Trust and Native American Electoral Participation: An Analysis of Survey Data from Nevada and South Dakota." Social Science Quarterly (2020).
Awards and Honors
- 2018 NEH Designation of 1985 Book (Alone in a Crowd: Women in the Trades Tell Their Stories) as an Outstanding Out of Print Labor History
- 2017 The Claremont Colleges Diversity Teaching Award
- 2016 Claremont CERT Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Readiness Team Member
- 2011 Community Garden Sustainability Award, with Nancy Neiman
- 2001 Victoria Schuck Book Award, APSA
- 1992 Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award, WPSA
Schroedel grew up Federal Way, a community 20 miles south of Seattle. She spent her early adult years working in garment factories and a truck plant, where she completed a 4 year apprenticeship as a machinist and subsequently served in elected office within the International Association of Machinists and the King County Labor Council. These experiences led to her writing her first book, Alone in a Crowd: Women in the Trades Tell Their Stories, while she was an undergraduate. She is married and has a son.
- Women and Public Policy
- Women and the Law