Karen O'Connor (professor)

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Karen O'Connor
Born c. 1952 (age 64–65)
Residence Washington DC
Nationality American
Alma mater SUNY-Buffalo
Occupation Political scientist

Karen O'Connor (born c. 1952}is a political science professor at American University in Washington, D.C., where she is also the Founder and Director Emerita of the Women & Politics Institute. She also sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.[1]

O'Connor earned her B.A., J.D., and Ph. D. degrees from SUNY-Buffalo. She taught at Emory University from 1977 until moving to American University in 1995.

O'Connor has written, co-authored, or edited several books, including American Government: Continuity and Change, 13 ed. (2014) and Women, Politics and American Society, 5thed. (2012), Women in Congress: Running, Winning and Ruling (2002), and No Neutral Ground: Abortion Politics in an Age of Absolutes (1996). She has published numerous monographs, book chapters, and articles in the leading social science and political science journals and law reviews. She is also an active member of the American Political Science Association, the past chair of the Law and Courts section of the APSA, the Organized Research Section on Women and Politics, the past president of the Women's Caucus for Political Science, Southern Political Science Association and the National Capital Area Political Science Association. She is also a member of various editorial boards, including Law & Policy.

In June 2005, O'Connor testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the effect of Roe v. Wade.


  1. ^ "Journal of Women, Politics & Policy - Editorial board". Taylor and Francis. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 

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