Retirement Date: 06-30-2019


Ph.D. (with Distinction, Political Science), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1979

M.A. (with Distinction, Political Science), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1977

B.A. (Summa cum laude, Political Science), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1974

Research Interests

Mary Hawkesworth's teaching and research interests include feminist theory, women and politics, contemporary political philosophy, philosophy of science, and social policy.

Biographical Notes

Mary Hawkesworth is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. Trained as a political scientist specializing in political philosophy, feminist theory, and philosophy of science, Hawkesworth’s scholarship encompasses both the critical interpretation of texts and the interpretation of contemporary social and political practices. Her recent research focuses on embodied power, women and politics; gender, globalization and democratization; contemporary feminist activism, and the politics of inquiry within the discipline of political science and the interdisciplinary field of women’s and gender studies. Since joining the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers in July 1998,  she has served as the Director of the Center for American Women and Politics (1998-2001);  the Director of the Graduate Program in Women and Gender Studies (2001-2004); and Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (2007-2010).  In 2005, she wrote a successful proposal to bring Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the leading journal in feminist scholarship, to Rutgers and has served as Editor in Chief for two terms (2005-2015). Hawkesworth is a founding member of the International Social Science Council Research Committee on Gender, Globalization, and Democratization.

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Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • 2009 Certificate of Merit in Recognition of Contributions to the Ho Chi Minh National Academy for Politics and Public Administration, The Government of Vietnam.
  • 2008 Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, Midwest Women's Caucus for Political Science.
  • 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award, The Graduate School, Rutgers University
  • 2006 Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Award for Exemplary Mentoring of Latino Junior Faculty in
  • Political Science, Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession,
  • American Political Science Association
  • 2006 Excellence in Mentoring Award, Women's Caucus for Political Science
  • 2006 Leader in Diversity Award, Rutgers University
  • 2004 Heinz Eulau Award for Best Article Published in the American Political Science Review in 2003, American Political Science Association
  • 2002 Excellence in Mentoring Award, Women's Caucus for Political Science
  • 2001 Faculty Fellow, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University
  • 1998 College of Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Performance Award, University of Louisville
  • 1997 President, Women's Caucus for Political Science
  • 1997 President's Award for Outstanding Research in the Social Sciences, University of Louisville
  • 1997 College of Arts and Sciences Award for Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity in the Social Sciences
  • 1997 NOW Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women in Jefferson County, Jefferson County Chapter of the National Organization for Women
  • 1996 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Women of Kentucky, Kentucky Commission on Women
  • 1992 Philip Grant Davidson Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville
  • 1989 University of Louisville Distinguished Service Award
  • 1986 Israel T. Naamani Award for Outstanding Contributions to Department of Political Science, University of Louisville
  • 1983 Philip Grant Davidson Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville
  • 1978 Sustained Superior Performance Award, Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) Department of Health, Education and Welfare
  • 1977 Fellowship, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan
  • 1975 Graduate Fellowship, Georgetown University (through 1979)
  • 1974 Phi Beta Kappa, University of Massachusetts (Amherst)

Selected Publications

Books and Edited Works:

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  • Gender and Political Theory: Feminist Reckonings, Polity Press, forthcoming 2019.
  • Globalization and Feminist Activism, Revised and Expanded Edition, Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming 2018.
  • The Douglass Century: The Transformation of Women’s Education at Rutgers, Rutgers University Press, 2018. (Co-authored with Kayo Denda and Fernanda Perrone).
  • Embodied Power: Demystifying Disembodied Politics, Routledge, 2016.
  • Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory, Oxford University Press, 2016. (Edited with Lisa Disch).
  • Gender and Power: Toward Equality and Democratic Governance, Palgrave MacMillan, 2015. (Edited with Mino Vianello).
  • Feminist Practices: A Digital Course Reader, University of Chicago Press, 2013.
  • Political Worlds of Women: Activism, Advocacy, and Governance in the Twenty First Century, Westview Press, 2012. 
  • War and Terror: Feminist Perspectives, University of Chicago Press, 2008. (Edited with Karen Alexander).
  • Globalization and Feminist Activism, Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.
  • Feminist Inquiry: From Political Conviction to Methodological Innovation, Rutgers University Press, 2006.
  • Women, Democracy and Globalization in North America, Palgrave, 2006. (Co-authored with Jane Bayes, Patricia Begné, Laura Gonzalez, Lois Harder, and Laura MacDonald)
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Government and Politics, 2nd Revised Edition, 2 vols., London: Routledge, 2004. (Edited with Maurice Kogan)
  • Gender, Globalization and Democratization, Boulder, Co., Rowman and Littlefield, 2001. (Edited with Rita Mae Kelly, Jane Bayes and Brigitte Young) Translated by Alina Pilea and Nadia Farcaş into Romanian, Gen, Globalizare Şi Democratizare, Bucharest, Editura POLIROM, 2004.
  • Feminism and Public Policy. A Special Double Issue of Policy Sciences 27(2-3): 1994.
  • Encyclopedia of Government and Politics, 2 vols., London: Routledge, 1992. (Edited with Maurice Kogan)
  • Beyond Oppression: Feminist Theory and Political Strategy, New York: Continuum Press, 1990.
  • Theoretical Issues in Policy Analysis, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1988.

Professor Hawkesworth's articles have appeared in leading journals including:

  • American Political Science Review
  • Political Theory
  • Signs
  • Hypatia
  • Women and Politics
  • Journal of Women's History
  • NWSA Journal
  • International Journal of Women's Studies
  • The Women's Studies International Forum