Meet the 2020 CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation Winner: Jennie Sweet-Cushman of Chatham University

The CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation honors a wide range of new directions in teaching by recognizing a political scientist who has developed an effective new approach to teaching in the discipline.

Jennie Sweet-Cushman is an assistant professor of political science at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she teaches courses in public policy, American politics, women and politics, and research methods. She was the 2018-2019 “Teacher of the Year” in Chatham’s School of Arts Science and Business. From 2013 to 2019, she also served as the Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics. A former (successful) congressional  campaign manager herself, Jennie earned her Ph.D. in political science from Wayne State University in Detroit in 2014. Her research focuses on women’s political ambition and  representation in the U.S., as well as gender equity in academia. Her recent work has appeared in PS: Political Science & Politics; Politics, Groups and Identities; and Politics and the Life Sciences. She currently serves as a commissioner on the City of Pittsburgh’s Equal Opportunity Review Commission, appointed by Mayor Bill Peduto in 2017.