Faculty Profile

Katie Marchetti

Assistant Professor of Political Science (2015)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 12


Professor Marchetti's research and teaching interests focus on gender and politics, interest groups, intersectionality, state politics, public policy, and political methodology. Her research on these topics has been published in State and Local Government Review, Interest Groups & Advocacy; Gender, Place & Culture; and Politics, Groups and Identities. At Dickinson she will offer courses on identity politics (e.g., gender and politics, race and politics), American government, and interest groups and advocacy.


  • B.A., Gettysburg College, 2007
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2009
  • Ph. D., 2013

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

WGSS 202 Gender,Politics & Policy in US
Cross-listed with POSC 233-01. Overview of gender and politics in the United States. Examines the roles women play in the U.S. policy process, how public policies are "gendered", and how specific policies compare to feminist thinking about related issue areas. The course also discusses gender-based differences in political participation inside and outside of government.

POSC 233 Gender,Politics & Policy in US
Cross-listed with WGSS 202-03.

POSC 239 Research Methods
Helps the student answer (in the affirmative) the question, "Is political science a science?" Students will learn how to generate and test hypotheses through creating and executing research designs. Survey research, experimentation, content analysis, participant observation, and other methodologies will be studied. Although no prior knowledge of statistics is necessary, Math 121 is helpful. This class is especially recommended for prospective graduate students in the social sciences.

Spring 2019

POSC 120 American Government
A basic introductory course in American federal government which emphasizes its structure and operation. Special attention is given to the executive, legislative, and judicial processes.

POSC 235 Race, Ethnicity & U.S. Polit
With a focus on the experiences and activities of African-Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Asian-Americans and Indigenous peoples in U.S. politics, this course examines the social construction of race and ethnicity in America as a force in public opinion, political representation and political behavior. The course also focuses on a range of political science methods used to study the politics of race/ethnicity in the U.S. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.

POSC 390 Amer Political Representation
Permission of Instructor Required.This seminar will acquaint you with the significant concepts and research questions addressed in recent and classic studies of political representation. We will consider the different dimensions of representation (e.g., descriptive, substantive), biases and inequality in representation and how normative considerations shape expectations about representation in practice. Representation is a very broad topic of study and the course readings will cover several subfields in American politics. For example, we will examine research about the behavior of political actors, the operation of government at the state and national levels, the roles of political parties and organized interests in representation, and how individuals form ideas about and respond to government activity and policies.

POSC 550 Independent Research