Catherine Wineinger, PhD

she/her, Assistant Professor


Catherine Wineinger is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research explores political representation at the intersection of gender, race, and partisanship. She teaches courses in American politics, with an emphasis on identity politics and political institutions. Prior to joining Western in 2020, Dr. Wineinger worked on Capitol Hill as an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow. She was also a visiting scholar at the APSA Centennial Center in Washington, DC. Her first book, Gendering the GOP: Intraparty Politics and Republican Women’s Representation in Congress was published in 2022 by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Wineinger 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. She holds a BA in political science from the University of San Diego.

Research Interests

  • American Politics, Gender Politics, U.S. Political Institutions

Current Courses

Fall 2023

  • PLSC 397R – Political Representation WP3
  • PLSC 431 – Senior Seminar in American Politics WP3

Winter 2024

  • PLSC 250 – The American Political System

Spring 2024

  • PLSC 345 – Women and Politics WP3
  • PLSC 397E – Congressional Politics

Selected Publications