Rachel VanSickle-Ward


Rachel VanSickle-Ward is a professor of political studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Her research and teaching interests include public policy, public law, gender and politics, and elections.

She has published work on the politics of statutory language, gender and political ambition, voting access, and administrative law. Her first book, The Devil is in the Details: Understanding the Causes of Policy Specificity and Ambiguity (SUNY Press, 2014), was awarded the Herbert A. Simon Book Award in 2018.

VanSickle-Ward's book on birth control politics and policy, The Politics of the Pill, was published by Oxford University Press (2019). She recently co-edited a volume on Hillary Clinton’s legacy, The Hillary Effect (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020).

She is a frequent commentator on KPCC’s Take Two (Southern California Public Radio). Her writing and commentary has appeared in Talking Points Memo, The Washington Post ("The Monkey Cage"), U.S News and World Report, Ms. Magazine, and TIME.

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