Dr. Linda Beail

  • Professor of Political Science
  • Phone: 619-849-2408


 Dr. Linda Beail is Professor of political science and Director of the Margaret Stevenson Center for Women’s Studies at Point Loma Nazarene University.  She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Wheaton College and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, where she concentrated her studies in the fields of American politics, political theory, and gender politics. Her research interests include theorizing about motherhood as a political identity, the politics of popular culture, and religion in American politics.  Her book Framing Sarah Palin:  Pit Bulls, Puritans and Politics (Routledge, 2012, co-authored with Rhonda Longworth Kinney) examines gendered and partisan narratives about the first female Republican vice-presidential candidate in the 2008 election, with particular attention to popular culture (such as Saturday Night Live), social media, and religion. Other recent publications include Results May Vary:  Christian Women Reflect on Post-College Life (co-edited with Sylvia Cortez Masyuk) and a chapter in Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture and Presidential Politics, winner of the 2013 Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Work in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture.

Dr. Beail has organized two national conferences on gender in Christian higher education, and has served as a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  She has appeared on local television and radio, as well as authoring newspaper editorials, commenting on gender and religion in presidential elections.  Dr. Beail regularly travels with students to US Presidential Inaugurations in Washington, DC, in addition to having taken students to Italy to study Western Political Thought.  She recently returned from Amman, Jordan where she participated in a seminar on women, tradition and revolution in the Arab world.  When she’s not on campus, you might find her pitching a baseball in the backyard to her son; curled up reading novels with her daughter; cooking with her husband; or snorkeling with sea turtles in Maui.