Sanbonmatsu studies gender and American politics. Sanbonmatsu's research focuses on women’s election to office, gender stereotypes, party politics, and race/ethnicity. Sanbonmatsu has studied the effects of the parties’ candidate recruitment practices on women’s officeholding. Sanbonmatsu has examined public attitudes towards women’s officeholding and voter stereotypes about women candidates. Sanbonmatsu's current work focuses on officeholding by women of color. Sanbonmatsu is a Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics, where she helps to conduct and disseminate research about women and politics.
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Examines individual contributions to gubernatorial candidates in order to better understand women’s candidacies as well as women’s donation patterns. Discusses most popular attention to gender and political behavior and how it is devoted to the gender gap in voting.
Includes unprecedented insights from over three-quarters of the women serving in the 114th Congress. Examines the interactions of gender with race/ethnicity, party, geography, and other factors shaping legislative behavior. Makes a strong case for why women's representation matters in Congress and, more generally, in American politics.