Faculty Profile

Vanessa Tyson

Assistant Professor of Political Science (2007)

Contact Information

Leave of Absence 2014-15.

tysonv@dickinson.edu

Bio

Professor Tyson focuses her research on interracial alliances in the House of Representatives, and what political dynamics these alliances create outside of more traditional issues regarding race. More broadly, she focuses on Congress and American Political Institutions, as well as race and gender as they operate as social constructs in the United States.

Education

  • B.A., Princeton University, 1998
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 2002
  • Ph.D., 2011

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

WGST 202 Gender and the Policy Process
Cross-listed with POSC 290-04. This course is aimed at students who wish to study issues of policy as they relate to various understandings of gender. Issues include but are not limited to: equal rights, sexual harassment and the workplace, the commodification of sexuality, the environment and reproductive health, same-sex marriage and sodomy laws. The goal of the course is to better understand the myriad ways in which policy intersects with normative, binary understandings of gender, as well as the disparate effects of "gender-neutral" policies on groups marginalized by gender status.

POSC 246 The Legislative Process
Cross-listed with LAWP 290-01.

POSC 290 Gender and the Policy Process
Cross-listed with WGST 202-03. This course is aimed at students who wish to study issues of policy as they relate to various understandings of gender. Issues include but are not limited to: equal rights, sexual harassment and the workplace, the commodification of sexuality, the environment and reproductive health, same-sex marriage and sodomy laws. The goal of the course is to better understand the myriad ways in which policy intersects with normative, binary understandings of gender, as well as the disparate effects of "gender-neutral" policies on groups marginalized by gender status.

LAWP 290 The Legislative Process
Cross-listed with PSOC 246-01. An analysis of the legislative branch of government, especially Congress. Emphasis is placed upon the legislature as a social system, the decision-making process, the interrelationships with the political parties and interest groups, the executive and the judiciary.