Dr. Becki Scola, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science Department
Office: Barbelin 204
Phone: 610.660.1921
Fax: 610.660.1284
Email: bscola@sju.edu

Curriculum Vitae (CV)


M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Irvine; B.A., Arizona State University, Summa Cum Laude. 

Professional Experience

Becki Scola joined the Saint Joseph’s University faculty in the Fall of 2009. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2009, her M.A. in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2004, and her B.A. in Women’s Studies from Arizona State University in 2001. Her research interests include American institutions, state politics and policy, gender politics, race/ethnic politics, intersectionality, and anti-hunger policy.

Dr. Scola has published in State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and Politics & Gender. Her book, Gender, Race, and Office Holding in the United States: Representation at the Intersections (2014 Routledge) investigates the effect of institutions on women’s legislative representation across the fifty United States, specifically analyzing the variation in the level of representation among white women and women of color state legislators. Dr. Scola is also completing a project that examines anti-hunger advocacy in Philadelphia as well as a study that examines state legislative activity on access to food stamps.

Dr. Scola is The Washington Center Internship Program Liaison for the SJU campus, and she directs the Women's Leadership Initiative

Courses Taught

Introductory Courses

  • POL 111 Introduction to American Government & Politics
  • POL 150 Freshmen Seminar: Diversity and Inequality in the U.S.

Upper Division Courses

  • POL 309 Advising the President
  • POL 320 Injustice and the Law
  • POL 323 Women, Gender, and American Politics
  • POL 324 Race and Ethnic Politics in the U.S.
  • POL 326 Protesting Inequality
  • POL 402 Capstone: Contentious Politics in the U.S.


"Collective Representation as a Mobilizer: Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and their Intersections at the State Level.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly 16(2), 2016. (Co-Authored with Carole J. Uhlaner)

Gender, Race, and Office Holding in the United States: Representation at the Intersections. Routledge Press, 2014.

“Predicting Presence at the Intersections: Assessing the Variation in Women’s Office Holding across the States.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly 13(3), 2013.

“Women of Color in State Legislatures: Gender, Race, and Legislative Office Holding.” Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy 28(3-4), 2006. (Also published in Intersectionality and Politics: Recent Research on Gender, Race, and Political Representation in the United States, Carol Hardy-Fanta, ed. New York: Haworth Press, 2006.)

“Finding Intersection: Race, Class and Gender in the California Recall.” Politics & Gender 2(1), 2006. (Co-Authored with Lisa García Bedolla)

“Race, Gender and the Recall Vote.” In Shawn Bowler and Bruce Cain, eds., Clicker Politics: The California Recall Election. New York: Prentice Hall, 2005. (Co-Authored with Lisa García Bedolla)

Magazine Articles