Eileen McDonagh is Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and is the recipient of major fellowships and grants, including those from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the National Science Foundation. She has written extensively on gender and political issues from institutional and historical perspectives, focusing on women’s political representation, reproductive rights, and American political development. Her book, The Motherless State: Women’s Political Leadership and American Democracy, won the 2010 J. David Greenstone Award for the best book published in politics and history. She is also author of Playing with the Boys: Why Separate Is Not Equal in Sports (co-authored) and Breaking the Abortion Deadlock: From Choice to Consent. Eileen's articles have appeared in leading journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Studies in American Political Development. She has been President of the Politics and History Section and President of the Women and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. She is currently working on a book exploring the monarchical origins of the welfare state.