Spring 2005
For the Record

News from the Center

LaDonna Sullivan

The Carl Albert Center enters its twenty-fifth year under new leadership.  Professor Gary Copeland stepped down as director and curator of the Center effective February 1 to pursue other professional opportunities as a regular faculty member of the Department of Political Science.  Professor Cindy Simon Rosenthal has been promoted to the director/curator position by the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, and Professor Glen Krutz has joined the Center as associate director.

           Professor Rosenthal has been a member of the Center faculty since 1998 and served as associate director, overseeing the Center's undergraduate programs.  Under her leadership, the Center has developed its highly successful N.E.W. (National Education for Women's) Leadership, a program to encourage and empower undergraduate women to enter public service and politics.  N.E.W. Leadership has been honored three times by Oklahoma's Journal-Record "Woman of the Year" celebration as a program "making a difference."

           Professor Rosenthal's research and teaching interests focus on women in politics, public sector and legislative leadership, state government and intergovernmental relations, and public policy issues involving gender inequality.  She recently edited Women Transforming Congress (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002) and is the author of When Women Lead (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998).   In 1996, the Women & Politics Section of the American Political Science Association recognized her dissertation on institutional constraints and leadership styles of men and women in state legislatures as the best in the field of women in politics. Her work has also been recognized with the Sophonisba Breckinridge Award given for the best paper on women and politics at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting. 

            Among her awards and honors, Professor Rosenthal was named the Carlisle Mabrey and Lurleen Mabrey Presidential Professor in 2002 and was named Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist of the Year in 2000 by the Oklahoma Political Science Association. She is a product of the Center's Carl Albert Graduate Fellowship Program, receiving her doctoral degree in 1995, and also brings a long professional background with state legislatures through her work with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

           In accepting her new position, Professor Rosenthal noted "I feel honored and privileged to have the opportunity to lead the Carl Albert Center, following such distinguished directors as Gary Copeland and Ron Peters.  I hope to be able to continue the Center's record of leadership fostering academic study of Congress and to build its leadership development programs strengthening public understanding of and participation in representative government."

           Glen Krutz moves to the Center from the Political Science Department.  Professor Krutz has developed a distinguished record of research on the U.S. Congress.  His research explores the inter-play between institutional structure and public policy issues from the perspective of agenda-setting in Congress, institutional genesis and change, environmental policy, and budgeting. His first book, Hitching a Ride (Ohio State University Press, Parliaments and Legislatures Series, 2001), examines the rise and impact of omnibus legislating in Congress.  The book expanded upon his doctoral dissertation, which received the 2000 Carl Albert Award for the best dissertation from APSA's Legislative Studies Section and also won the 2000 E.E. Schattschneider Award for best dissertation in the field of American government.  Professor Krutz earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1999 and served on the faculty of Arizona State University until 2002 when he came to the University of Oklahoma. 

           Professor Krutz brings to the Center an active research agenda on congressional issues as well as professional experience working on Capitol Hill as an aide to a U.S. Senator. "Professor Krutz will energize and extend the Center's research mission, while providing important leadership to our undergraduate programs," Rosenthal noted.

           The Center transition is made easier by the fact that Regents' Professor Ron Peters will continue in his current position on the Center's faculty as editor of publications, LaDonna Sullivan will remain as assistant to the director and liaison to the Legislative Studies Section of APSA, and Hannah Brenner will provide continuity for the Center's civic education and leadership efforts.

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