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Wineinger, Catherine N. 2022. Gendering the GOP: Intraparty Politics and Republican Women's Representation in Congress. New York: Oxford University Press.
In Gendering the GOP, Catherine N. Wineinger argues that to truly understand the evolution of women’s congressional representation, it is necessary to move beyond an analysis of legislative behavior and toward an analysis of intraparty gender dynamics. Unlike previous research on women in Congress, Wineinger focuses exclusively on the experiences of Republican congresswomen to uncover some of the gendered implications of congressional polarization.

Developing a novel theory of “partisan-gender identity,” defined as a categorical identity that sits at the intersection of one’s partisan affiliation and gender identity, Gendering the GOP argues that Republican women in Congress are not merely gender-blind partisans. In fact, polarization and party competition have incentivized Republican women to organize around their partisan-gender identity and distinguish themselves from both Democratic women and Republican men. In so doing, Republican congresswomen have increased their visibility as party messengers, while simultaneously upholding a party culture that limits women’s presence and power in the institution. Through extensive interviews with women members of Congress and in-depth analyses of House floor speeches, Wineinger details how women have both navigated and shaped existing gender dynamics within the House GOP conference.
Journal Articles &
Book Chapters
Dittmar, Kelly, Catherine Wineinger, and Kira Sanbonmatsu. 2022. "Studying Legislatures at the Intersection of Gender and Race: The View from the 114th Congress." PS: Political Science & Politics, 

Wineinger, Catherine and Mary K. Nugent. 2020.
“Framing Identity Politics: Right-Wing Women as Strategic Party Actors in the UK and US.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. 40(1): 91-118.

Thomas, Sue and Catherine Wineinger. 2020. “Ambition for Office: Women and Policymaking” in Good Reasons to Run: Women and Political Candidacy. Eds. Shauna Shames, Rachel Bernhard, Mirya R. Holman, and Dawn Teele. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Wineinger, Catherine. 2019. “How Can a Black Woman be a Republican? An Intersectional Analysis of Identity Claims in the 2014 Mia Love Campaign. Politics, Groups, and Identities.

Wineinger, Catherine. 2018. “Gendering Republican Party Culture.” in The Right Women: Republican Party Activists, Candidates, and Legislators. Eds. Malliga Och and Shauna Shames. Colorado: Praeger/ABC-Clio Press.
Other Publications
"More Republican Women Have Been Elected to Congress. But They Can Do Better." - in The Gender Policy Report (February 14, 2022)

"House Republicans kept a woman in their third-highest post. What stops GOP women from climbing higher?" - In the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog (May 20, 2021)

"Republican Women are becoming key party messengers. Here's how it happened." - In the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog (February 15, 2021)

"How do right-wing women advocate for increased representation within parties that reject identity politics?" - In the London School of Economics and Political Science's British Politics & Policy Blog (July 1, 2020)

"This inflammatory ad reveals why Republican women of color have a hard time getting elected"- In the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog (October 4, 2019)

Dittmar, Kelly, Kira Sanbonmatsu, Susan J. Carroll, Debbie Walsh, and Catherine Wineinger. 2017. "Representation Matters: Women in the U.S. Congress." New Brunswick, NJ: Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

"Yesterday's Congressional women's softball game was bipartisan. But are women actually more bipartisan in practice?" - In the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, co-authored with Mary Nugent (June 16, 2016)
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