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Erica Townsend-Bell

Author of "Civil Society and Social Movements"

February 7, 2023

Erica E. Townsend-Bell is Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for African Studies at Oklahoma State University. Her areas of expertise include the politics of intersectionality, comparative race and gender politics, and social movements, especially across the Americas. Her work is published in Political Research Quarterly, Signs, European Journal of Politics and Gender, JILAR, and Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies (LACES), among other outlets.

political science is for everybody is the first intersectionality-mainstreamed textbook written for introductory political science courses. While political science and politics are for everybody, political institutions are neither neutral nor unbiased. When we write political science textbooks that obscure the differences in how groups experience and interact with political institutions, we do students a disservice. This book exposes students to these differences while also bringing marginalized voices to the fore, allowing more students to see their lived experiences reflected in the pages of their textbook. Bringing together a diverse group of contributors, political science is for everybody teaches all the basics of political science while showing that representation matters – both in politics and in the classroom.


Last Updated: 9 February 2023