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Linda Beail, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
Director, Margaret Stevenson Center for Women's Studies

Dr. Linda Beail teaches courses in American politics, political theory, and gender and race politics. Her research interests include theorizing about motherhood as a political identity, the politics of popular culture, and religion in American politics. Her most recent book is entitled Mad Men and Politics: Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America. Her current research is on pleasure and anxiety in the pop culture representations of political women. Beail has organized two national conferences on gender in Christian higher education, and has served as an NGO delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She has appeared on local television and radio commenting on politics, popular culture, and elections. Beail regularly travels with students — from visiting Washington, D.C. for presidential inaugurations and PLNU's Civil Rights Pilgrimage to teaching political theory in Florence, Italy. She recently returned from Amman, Jordan, where she participated in a seminar on women, tradition, and revolution in the Arab world.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Iowa
  • B.A., summa cum laude, English Literature and Political Science, Wheaton College (IL)

Courses Taught

  • Politics of Race, Class and Gender – POL 190
  • American Government – POL 165
  • Western Political Thought – POL 321
  • Campaigns and Elections – POL 341
  • Development of Feminist Thought – POL 330
  • Women and Politics – POL 415

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Invited panelist, "Women in the Political Arena: 2016 and Beyond," St. John's University, Queens, New York, October 18, 2016
  • Organizes the department trip to the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. every four years and also co-leads an annual retreat for graduating women students entitled "Results May Vary," focusing on the challenges and possibilities of life after college  
  • Member, editorial board for the Politics, Literature and Film series of Lexington Books 
  • Member, American Political Science Association, National Women's Studies Association, and Association for Political Theory  
  •  Served on several student honors committees and serves as faculty advisor to two student clubs, Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society) and BREAK (gender issues club)  
  • Active member of Normal Heights United Methodist Church, San Diego

Awards and Honors

  • Alumni Association Faculty Grant 2015, “Reel Women, Real Power: Theorizing Gendered Power through Popular Culture Representations of Women in the Political Sphere”
  • Participant, CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar, “Women, Tradition and Revolution,” Amman, Jordan, May 2013
  • Summer Scholar Award, Wesleyan Center for 21st Century Studies, 2009, book project entitled “Results May Vary: Honest Conversations Among Christian Women About Life’s Complexities”
  • RASP Grant, 2008, project: “The City, the Suburbs and Stars Hollow: The Return of the Evening Soap Opera”
  • "Puritan or Pitbull: The Framing of Female Candidates at the National Level,” with Rhonda Kinney Longworth in Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics, eds. Lilly Goren and Justin Vaughn, University of Kentucky Press, 2013; winner of the Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Work in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture published in 2013 from the Popular Culture Association/American Cuture Association

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Mad Men and Politics:  Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America, edited with Lilly J. Goren, Bloomsbury Press, 2015.
  • Results May Vary:  Christian Women Reflect on Post-College Life, ed. with Sylvia Cortez Masyuk, Point Loma Press (an imprint of Wipf & Stock), 2013.  
  • Framing Sarah Palin: Pit Bulls, Puritans and Politics, with Rhonda Kinney Longworth.  Routledge, 2013.
  • “Performing Power Through a Gendered Lens: Villains, Monsters, Superheroines,” with Lilly J. Goren, Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA, March 24, 2016.
  • “’Better in Stereo:’ The Disney Channel’s Doubled and Divided Representations of Girlhood in the 21st Century,” with Caroline Beail, “Let’s Hear It For The Girls”: Girlhood, Media and Popular Culture, 1990-Present, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, March 12, 2016.
  • “Precarity in the Field of Vision: Mad Men’s Imagined Feminisms,” Roundtable, National Women’s Studies Association annual meeting, Milwaukee, WI, November 14, 2015.
  • Invited presenter/participant, “Gender, Faith and Development,” conference co-sponsored by Wheaton College Gender Studies Program and Bread for the World, Wheaton, IL, October 2-3, 2015.