Title: Professor of Political Science
Department: Political Science, Economics, and World Languages and Cultures
College: Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Building: CLO Room: 290
Phone: (219) 989-2025
- B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University (1998)
- M.A. Washington University in St. Louis (2002)
- Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis (2006)
Professor Rincker teaches courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, European and Russian Politics, and Gender and Politics. Professor Rincker also teaches International Organizations, an experiential learning course featuring student participation in the four-day long American Model United Nations International Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Professor Rincker’s research interests are in the areas of political representation, political institutions, and public policy. Her research is published in Democratization, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, Publius: the Journal of Federalism, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, and PS: Political Science & Politics. Rincker’s dissertation research was based on her interviews with Polish Legislators, and broadened to span widely cited research on qualitative methods in fieldwork, women’s policy machinery, and public opinion on health care reform in Poland.
Rincker’s book Empowered by Design: Decentralization and the Gender Policy Trifecta (Temple University Press, 2017) uses a mixed-method approach: quantitative analysis, policy analysis and her 112 brand-new interviews with women’s organizations leaders in Poland, the United Kingdom, and Pakistan, and sub-national and national Ministers of Gender Equality.
Whereas Rincker’s previous scholarship focused on women’s status in new sub-national legislatures in Poland, women’s policy machinery around the world, qualitative research methods, and health decentralization, Empowered by Design is a major new project marrying scholarship and public policy analysis to evaluate the gendered effects of a global trend in governance: decentralization. Rincker has been invited to present on her book for AAUW, at Purdue University Northwest, Oklahoma State University, and at conferences around the world in Pakistan, Poland, the United Kingdom, Hungary, India, and Japan, and across the United States.
With support from Purdue University Northwest at each step of the way, Rincker funded fieldwork in Poland, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom, collecting new data on women’s policy priorities, and what sub-national and national ministers of gender equality believe to be women’s policy priorities in their constituency of interest. Her unique data set demonstrates three key findings. First, that women have policy priorities that vary within country (by sub-national unit). Second, Empowered by Design also shows that local politicians have more accurate information and better match womens’ policy priorities than their national counterparts. Further, Rincker’s cross-national analysis and parallel case studies show that sub-national politicians respond to women’s policy priorities when countries enact what Rincker terms a ‘gender policy trifecta.’ The gender policy trifecta consists of:
- Legislative gender quotas, enforcing that legislative seats are open to women.
- Gender mainstreaming, enforcing consideration of the policy implications on women and men, by women’s policy agencies.
- Gender-responsive budgeting, enforcing that women’s organizations in civil society have a point of access to the government.
Rincker’s recent publications also examine the nature of gendered political ambition in Pakistan, women’s organizations who are active in the United Nations, and whether active video games can be harnessed to fight child obesity in the United States. Rincker is beginning a new research project on Making the Olympics sustainable.
- Outstanding Teaching Award, 2014-2015. Purdue University Northwest. Chosen from across faculty on the Hammond campus.
- Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. 2007-2008. Nationwide competition for research on women and politics.
- Rincker, Meg, Ghazia Aslam, and Mujtaba Isani. 2016. “Crossed my mind but ruled it out: Political ambition, gender, and the Pakistani Lawyer’s Movement, 2007-09.” International Political Science Review. (Crossed my mind but ruled it out PDF 743KB)
- Rincker, Meg. 2016. Review of: The Principles of Gender-Sensitive Parliaments. By Wängnerud, Lena. 2015. New York, NY: Routledge, 2015. For Politics & Gender. (Gender Sensitive Parliaments PDF 53KB)
- “Masculinized or Marginalized: Decentralization and Women’s Status in Regional Polish Institutions.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy (formerly Women & Politics) 30 (2009): 46-69. (Masculinzed or Marginalized PDF 235KB)
- “Leaders or Laggards: Engendering Subnational Governance through women’s policy machineries in Spain and Poland.” with Candice Ortbals.Democratization. 16 (2009): 269-97. (Leaders or Laggards PDF 232KB)
- “Research Symposium: Fieldwork and Intersectionality: Negotiating Gender, Race, Class and Age in the Research Field Abroad: Editors’ Introduction.” PS: Political Science & Politics. with Candice Ortbals. 42 (2009): 287-290. (Fieldwork and Intersectionality PDF 640KB)
- “Embodied Researchers: Gendered Bodies, Research Activity, and Pregnancy in the Field.” PS: Political Science & Politics. with Candice Ortbals. 42 (2009): 315-319. (Embodied Researchers PDF 400KB)
- “Politics Close to Home: the Impact of Meso-Level Institutions on Women in Politics.” with Candice Ortbals and Celeste Montoya Kirk. 2011. Publius: the Journal of Federalism. pp. 1-30. (Politics Close to Home PDF 162KB)
- “Dissatisfied with Decentralization: Explaining Citizen Evaluations of Poland’s 1998 Health Reforms.” with Martin F. Battle. 2011. Perspectives on European Politics and Society. Vol. 12 (3): 340-357. (Dissatisfied Decentralisation PDF 200 KB)
- The Jig Experiment. Field Experiment in Health Policy with 400 grade schoolers (forthcoming, December 2017, Computers in the Schools).
- Jalalzai, Farida and Meg Rincker. 2016. “Blood is Thicker than Water: Family Ties to Politics Worldwide.” Conference Paper at Midwest Political Science Association Meetings. Revised and Resubmitted to invited edition of Historical Social Research planned for January 2017.
- Aslam, Ghazia, Rincker, Meg, and Mujtaba Isani. June 12, 2016. “Ready to Run?” The International News.
- Aslam, Ghazia, Rincker, Meg and Mujtaba Isani. August 13, 2016. “On Glass Ceilings.” Dawn.Com.
- Rincker, Meg. 2013. “Anti-elite, anti-drone cricket star is best hope for Pakistan election and for US.” Christian Science Monitor. May 10 2013.
Works in Progress
- Rincker, Meg, Marisa Henderson, Renato Vidigal and Daniel Delgado. “Broadening the agenda, not yet the players or outcomes: the gender-sensitivity of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to women’s organizations worldwide.”
- Battle, Martin and Meg Rincker. 2016. “Gender and Campaign Spending in the Devolved Parliaments.”Presented at Midwest Political Science Association Meetings.