Cathy Wineinger is an assistant professor of political science at Western Washington University. She is currently on leave as a visiting scholar at the American Political Science Association (APSA) Centennial Center, where she is finishing her book manuscript entitled Gendering the GOP: Intraparty Politics and Republican Women’s Representation in Congress. During the 2019-2020 academic year, she will be working on Capitol Hill as an APSA Congressional Fellow.

Cathy earned her PhD in political science at Rutgers University, where she was also a graduate research assistant at the Center for American Women and Politics and a seminar fellow at the Institute for Research on Women. She holds a BA in political science from the University of San Diego, where she was a  McNair Scholar  and played on the NCAA Division I softball team. 

Cathy teaches courses in American  politics, with an emphasis on identity politics and political institutions. Her research has been supported by the William A. Steiger Fund for Legislative Studies, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the APSA Fund for Latino Scholarship, and the Dirksen Congressional Center. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics and the 2016 WPSA Betty Nesvold Women and Politics Best Paper Award.

Originally from California, Cathy currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Dan; their daughter, Ellie; their dog, Molly; and their cat, Mittens. She is also a yoga teacher, a vegetarian, and a San Francisco Giants fan.