Kreitzer focuses on questions of women’s political representation, gender and sexuality politics, how society socially constructs group identities, and the diffusion of policy across U.S. states. Kreitzer investigates both the behavior of political actors and formal institutions to explain public policy in the fifty states. She is particularly interested in how policy affects groups of people in different ways (for instance, white women, women of color, men of color, LGBTQ identified people); as well as how Democratic and Republican women differentially represent their constituents in the name of representing women.
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Assesses the underlying assumptions of Schneider and Ingram's theory of social construction of target populations.
Evaluates the impact of the adoption of Varnum v. Brien on changing opinions on minority rights.
Shows that religious adherence and maternal gender role values are significant predictors of adult abortion opinions, even after controlling for contemporaneous religious adherence and the respondents’ own views on gender roles
Demonstrates the best empirical approach to using the Pooled Event History Analysis method, a common way to study the spread of multiple policies across the states in the United States.
Estimates the most significant predictors of approximately 40 different pro- and anti-abortion rights policy.
Discusses how political parties shape the ways that Republican and Democratic women legislate on women's issues by structuring their preferences. Also examines how partisan control of the legislative process shapes which women's issues make it into the legislative agenda.