Heather Ondercin

Heather Ondercin

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Department/Affiliation: Political Science
Phone: 330-287-1934
Office Address: 105 Kauke


  • B.A., Eastern Michigan University 2001
  • M.A., The Pennsylvania State University 2003
  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University 2007

Teaching Interest

I regularly teach classes on public opinion, political psychology, political participation and civic engagement, and gender and politics.  I have also developed specialized classes on the politics of the U.S. women’s movement and the politics of inequality.  


  • Ondercin, Heather L. “Who’s Responsible for the Gender Gap: The Dynamics of Men’s and Women’s Macropartisanship, 1950-2012.” Political Research Quarterly.
  • Dickerson, Bradley and Heather L. Ondercin. 2017. "Conditional Motivated Reasoning: How Economic Performance Moderates Partisan Motivations in Economic Perceptions" Political Research Quarterly 70 (1): 194-208.
  • Ondercin, Heather L. (forthcoming) “The Evolution of Women’s (and Men’s) Partisan Attachments.” 100 years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women's Political Activism. ed. Lee Ann Banaszak and Holly McCammon, Oxford University Press.
  • Banaszak, Lee Ann and Heather L. Ondercin. 2016. “Explaining Movement and Countermovement Events in the Contemporary U.S. Women's Movement.” Social Forces 95 (1): 381-410.
  • Banaszak, Lee Ann and Heather L. Ondercin. 2016. “Public Opinion as Movement Outcome: The Influence of the U.S. Women’s Movement on Gender Attitudes.” Mobilization 21(3): 361-378.
  • Ondercin, Heather L. 2013. “What Scarlett O’Hara Thinks: Political Attitudes of Southern Women.” Political Science Quarterly 128(2): 233-259.
  • Fulton, Sarah A. and Heather L. Ondercin. 2013. “Does Sex Encourage Commitment? The Impact of Candidate Choices on the Time-to-Decision.” Political Behavior 34(4): 665-686.
  • Ondercin, Heather L., James C. Garand, and Lauren Crapanzano. 2011. “Exploring the Gender Gap in Political Knowledge during the 2000 Presidential Campaigns.” Electoral Studies 30(4): 727-737.
  • Ondercin, Heather L. and Daniel Jones-White. 2011 “Gender Jeopardy: What is the Impact of Gender Differences in Political Knowledge on Political Participation?” Social Science Quarterly. 92(3): 675-694.
  • Ondercin, Heather L. and Susan Welch. 2009. “Comparing Predictors of Women’s Congressional Election Success Candidates, Primaries, and the General Election.” American Politics Research 37(4): 593-613.
  • Ondercin, Heather L. and Jeffrey L. Bernstein. 2007. “Context Matters: The Influence of State and Campaign Factors on the Gender Gap in Senate Elections, 1988-2000.” Politics and Gender 3(1): 33-53.
  • Ondercin, Heather L. and Susan Welch. 2005. “Women Candidates.” In Women and Elective Office: Past, Present and Future 2nd Ed. Edited by Sue Thomas and Clyde Wilcox. Oxford University Press.

Research Interests

My research falls at the intersection of mass political behavior and identity politics in the United States.   My research is concerned with dynamic political processes and covers a wide variety of topics in political behavior, including political participation, political knowledge, voting, partisanship, and political attitudes.   In my research, I examine how gender acts both as an individual identity and a social institution shaping men's and women's political behavior in the aggregate and at the individual-level.   My interest in identity politics has expanded to include how other political and social identities intersect with gender to influence individual-level behavior.