Catherine Bolzendahl

Catherine Bolzendahl

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine

Catherine Bolzendahl is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Equity Advisor for the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr Bolzendahl received her BA from the University of Notre Dame as a first-generation college student and went on to receive her PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research as quantitative political sociologist focusing primarily on gender from a cross-national perspective, contributes to a deeper understanding of gendered political change cross-nationally and over time. Drawing from expertise in politics and gender she engages in international collaborations that analyze political inequality in multi-faceted ways. Dr Bolzendahl recently co-edited and contributed to book on women’s political empowerment (Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment across the Globe; Palgrave) showing that we all benefit when women are politically empowered and given a voice in decision-making. As Equity Advisor, she is an active partner at UCI in advancing and developing the goals of inclusive excellence including mentoring peers and graduate students from minoritized backgrounds toward achieving their own professional goals.