Monica Schneider

Associate Professor of Political Science, Miami University-Oxford

About Monica

Schneider studies why women and minorities are underrepresented as office holders, with a particular focus on how political ambition and stereotypes limit their electoral prospects. Monica is also passionate about mentoring female and minority professors in the academy. On a personal level, she is involved in the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati to support her first born son who was born with an extra chromosome.


In the News

Quoted by Amanda Ripley in "What it Will Take for Women to Win," Politico, June 12, 2017.
Quoted by Maggie Koerth-Baker in "Why We Don’t Know How Much Sexism is Hurting Clinton’s Campaign," FiveThirtyEight, November 5, 2016.
Opinion: "Power, Conflict, and Community: How Gendered Views of Political Power Influence Women’s Political Ambition," Monica Schneider, Harvard University's Gender Action Portal, August 1, 2016.
Quoted by Kastalia Medrano in "What Do Women Want in a Political Career?," Nautilus, May 24, 2016.
Quoted by Tracy Clark-Flory and Adi Cohen in "The Sustained Online Sexism against Hillary Clinton," Vocativ, March 3, 2016.
Opinion: "Political Candidates Can Successfully Use Targeted Appeals to Increase Support from Female Voters," Monica Schneider (with Kristin Pondel and Mirya R Holman), London School of Economics US Centre, October 22, 2015.


"Navigating the Political Labyrinth: Gender Stereotypes and Prejudice in US Elections" in APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women, edited by Cheryl Travis and Jackie White (American Psychological Association, 2017).

Posits the need for focusing on the conditions under which female candidates will experience prejudice instead of assuming that female candidates will experience prejudice in every election

The Political Psychology of Women in U.S. Politics (edited with Angela L. Bos) (Routledge Press, 2017).

Written for academic and popular audiences and includes cutting-edge research and reviews of research on the topics of women as citizens, women as candidates, and women in political leadership. Covers political socialization of women, gender gaps in public opinion, public policy and political action, political ambition, gender stereotypes, group identity, and women as legislators and judges.

"Power, Conflict, and Community: How Gendered Views of Political Power Influence Women's Political Ambition" (with Mirya R. Holman and Amanda B. Diekman). Political Psychology 37, no. 4 (2016): 515-531.

Finds that women and men alike believe that political careers offer the opportunity to fulfill power-related goals, such as seeking status and recognition. These perceptions are particularly demotivating for women’s participation in political careers as they prefer communal goals of helping others and they dislike conflict.

"Measuring Stereotypes of Female Politicians" (with Monica Schneider). Political Psychology 35, no. 2 (2014): 245-266.

Questions the assumption that stereotypes about female politicians are the same as stereotypes about women so that if we think women are weak, we will think female politicians are too. Finds the stereotypes of female politicians include fewer masculine and leadership qualities than male politicians and that they do not possess positive qualities that women are often assumed to have, like empathy and caring.

"Political Expertise and the Use of Ideology: Moderating Effects of Evaluative Motivation" (with Christopher M. Federico). Public Opinion Quarterly 71, no. 2 (2007): 221-252.

Hypothesizes that only experts with a high need to evaluate—a strong motivation to establish evaluations of social objects—may “apply” ideology to a variety of issues.