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Prof. Lilly Goren

Fulbright U.S. Scholar (summer 2018)





Research interests

American politics; American political institutions; the American Presidency; the U.S. Congress; public policy; American political thought; politics and literature; film and popular culture; political theory

Current research project

"Nostalgia in the Age of Anxiety: Political Culture, Emotion, and Citizenship


  • Boston College, Ph.D. in Political Science
  • Boston College, M.A. in Political Science
  • Kenyon College, A.B. in Political Science and English

Professional experience

Professor of politics and global studies at Carroll University, Waukesha, WI



Edited volumes

  • Mad Men and Politics: Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America (Bloomsbury Publishers, March, 2015, co-edited with Linda Beail)
  • Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics (University Press of Kentucky, 2012, co-edited with Justin Vaughn, winner of 2014 Susan Koppelman Book Award and 2014 Peter C. Rollins Book Award)
  • You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture (University Press of Kentucky, 2009)
  • Not in My District: The Politics of Military Base Closures (Peter Lang, 2003)

Recent essays

  • ““The Hillary Primary”, chapter from Campaigning for President 2016, edited by Dennis Johnson and Lara Brown. Routledge Press, 2017.
  • “The Sarah Palin/Paul Ryan Vice Presidential Acceptance Speeches: Gender and Partisan Appeals to the Republican Party”, co-authored chapter with MaryAnne Borrelli in The Gendered Executive: A Comparative Analysis of Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Chief Executives, edited by Janet Martin and MaryAnne Borrelli. Transaction Press, 2016.
  • The Politics of Gender in the World of the Twelve Colonies”, chapter from Poli Sci Fi: An Introduction to Political Science through Science Fiction, edited by Michael A. Allen and Justin S. Vaughn, Routledge Press, 2016.
  • “Politics and Popular Culture,” Society, Volume 53, issue 5, Fall, 2016.
  • “’The Good Wife’ Transformed How Political Women are Shown on TV, Here’s How.” The Monkey Cage Blog, Washington Post, May 6, 2016.
  • “Women’s Value on Trial in Troilus and Cressida”, chapter from Woman on Trial: Gender and the Accused Women in Plays from Ancient Greece to the Contemporary Stage, edited by Amelia Howe Kritzer and Miriam Lὁpez Rodrἰguez. Teneo Press, 2015.

Lilly Goren has twice served as chair of the American Political Science Association’s Politics, Literature and Film section and she is currently serving as a member of the executive board for the APSA’s Presidents and Executive Politics Section. She is an elected member of the Governing Committee of the Association for Political Theory, where she served as Conference Committee Co-Chair for the APT annual meeting in 2015.