Anna Mitchell Mahoney

Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Political Leadership, Tulane University
Director of Research, Newcomb College Institute

About Anna

Mahoney’s research focus is on the intersection between identity and representation. In particular, she studies how individuals negotiate their multiple identities in political contexts including governmental institutions and electoral campaigns. She is developing a book manuscript which investigates the role gender and political parties play in women’s ability to act collectively on behalf of themselves and their constituents by creating women’s legislative caucuses. The most recent extension of this research agenda focuses on the varied roles these groups play in the policymaking process both directly and indirectly and their effectiveness in creating public policy. Mahoney has civic association relationships with the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission, the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, and the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Southeastern Louisiana.


Creating Women's Caucuses in State Legislatures

In the News

"Happy 50th Anniversary, Women’s Legislative Caucuses! Here’s How To Be Even More Effective," Anna Mitchell Mahoney (with Nadia Brown and Christopher J. Clark), Monkey Cage, Analysis, The Washington Post, February 10, 2022.
"Women on the VP Short List are Qualified to Serve Today or Tomorrow," Anna Mitchell Mahoney (with Carly Shaffer), Center for American Women and Politics, August 6, 2020.
"Now is Time to Boost Paid Family Leave, and These Louisiana Representatives Can Help," Anna Mitchell Mahoney, The Advocate, December 2, 2018.
"Record Numbers of Women in State Legislatures: Caucuses Will Help Them Get Work Done," Anna Mitchell Mahoney, The Gender Policy Report, November 15, 2018.
"One More Time," Anna Mitchell Mahoney, Center for American Women and Politics, August 24, 2016.


"The Impact of Women’s Legislative Caucus Variation on Women’s Representation," American Political Science Association, 2016.

Analyses the role a women’s caucus (or lack thereof) plays in the legislative process and women’s representation.

"Fertile Ground: When and Where do Women’s Legislative Caucuses Emerge?," (with Chris Clark), Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Conference, 2014.

Identifies the conditions under which women’s legislative caucuses emerge. 

"Women as Party Members: What Women’s Caucus Creation Tells Us," American Political Science Association Annual Conference, 2013.

Analyzes the  creation of women’s caucuses in four states as a lens through which to examine women legislators’ relationship to political parties.