Kara Ellerby — 2018 Victoria Schuck Award Recipient

The American Political Science Association (APSA) will present the Victoria Schuck Award to Dr. Kara Ellerby at the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition, the world’s largest gathering of political scientists and source for emerging scholarship in the discipline. The $1,000 award recognizes the best book on women and politics.

Kara Ellerby (PhD University of Arizona, 2011), is an associate professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Political Science & International Relations with a joint appointment in Women & Gender Studies. Her book, No Shortcut to Change: An Unlikely Path to a More Gender Equitable Future, was published with New York University Press in 2017. In addition to her research interests on global gender equality policy, Dr. Ellerby also studies gender and peace building and feminist international relations. She teaches International Organization and Feminist International Relations at the graduate level, and Introduction to Global Politics, Introduction to Women’s Studies, and the Politics of Difference and Social Justice at the undergraduate level.

Kara Ellerby’s book, No Shortcut to Change: The Unlikely Path to a More Gender Equitable World (published in 2017 by New York University), is the recipient of the 2018 APSA Victoria Schuck Award for the Best Book on Women in Politics. Skillfully integrating feminist theory with literature on gender and international political economic and international security, Ellerby provides an original and theoretically robust interpretation of the use of ‘gender’ as a shortcut in policy reforms promoted at both the state and global levels. The book provides a much needed and powerful corrective to prevailing assumptions in both research and practitioner work to promote gender equality around the globe. Rather than ‘add women and stir,’ Ellerby argues in favor of engaging in more substantial critiques about hierarchies, as suggested by the ‘gender’ concept. The book will no doubt have a major impact both inside and outside of academia.