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Kaitlin Sidorsky

Kaitlin Sidorsky headshotAssociate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Year Joined RCNJ: 2023

Contact Information

  • Phone: 201-684-6264
  • Email:
  • Office: B-210
  • Office Hours: M 10:00-11:00 am, 1:00-2:00 pm; R 10:00-11:00 am


  • B.A., Bryant University
  • M.A. and Ph.D., Brown University

Courses Offered:

  • American Government
  • Public Policy
  • State and Local Government
  • Women and Politics

Teaching Interests:

  • American Government
  • Gender and Politics
  • Public Policy
  • State Government

Research Interests:

  • Women in elected and appointed office
  • Political Ambition
  • Domestic Violence Policy

Scholarly Activity:

  • Sidorsky, Kaitlin N. and Wendy J. Schiller (Brown University). 2023. “Obstacles to Federal Policy Adoption: The Case of Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdictions in Native American Tribal Nations” Perspectives on Politics.
  • Sidorsky, Kaitlin N. and Wendy J. Schiller (Brown University). 2023. Inequality Across State Lines: How Policymakers Have Failed Domestic Violence Victims in the United States. Cambridge University Press.
  • Schiller, Wendy J. (Brown University) and Kaitlin N. Sidorsky. 2022. “Federalism, Policy Diffusion, and Gender Equality: Explaining Variation in Domestic Violence Firearm Laws 1990-2017.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 1-23. DOI:
  • Sidorsky, Kaitlin N. and Wendy J. Schiller (Brown University). 2020. “Litigating Lives and Gender Inequality: Public Defenders, Policy Implementation, and Domestic Violence Sentencing.” Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy. Vol. 41 (3): 320-333.
  • Sidorsky, Kaitlin N. 2019. All Roads Lead to Power: Appointed and Elected Paths to Public Office for US Women. University Press of Kansas.
  • Sidorsky, Kaitlin N. 2015. “Moving on Up? The Gendered Ambitions of State-Level Appointed Officials.” Political Research Quarterly, Volume 68, Issue 4, Pgs. 802-815.
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