Lectures & Honors


Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Keynote, September 12, 2016.

“Students, Covert Action and the Case of Algeria: Liberation Politics and U.S. National Security Objectives during the Cold War,” presentation, Conference on Transnational Dimensions of Anti-Communism in the Cold War, Colloque Internationale, Fribourg University, Switzerland, October 2011.

Pundits, Polls, and Political Women,” Harvard Divinity School, Denver Donors’ Circle, Keynote speech, October 13, 2009.

“Women and Political Participation,” Keynote speech and related workshops, sponsored by the United States Information Service, U.S. Consulate, Sao Paolo, Brazil, March 9-14, 1998.

“Affirmative Action Politics: A Postmortem of Proposition #209.” American Historical Association, January 4, 1997.

“Gender Gap Mystique,” Keynote speech, Carrie Chapman Catt Center, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, February 28, 1997.

“Gender and American Pluralism,” U.S. Embassy, Copenhagen, and the Danish Center on Human Rights, co-sponsors, Distinguished Lecture series, March 1996.

“The Inside Story of How National Service Became a Law,” Review of Steven Waldman’s The Bill: How Legislation Really Becomes a Law, for The Chronicle of Philanthropy,    March 23, 1995.

“Strategies to increase Women’s Political Presence.” Keynote speech, U.S. Embassy, Rome, Italy and Rome Mayor’s Office Conference, June 1995.

“Strategies to Increase Women’s Electoral Participation,” Keynote speech, Korean Institute on Women and Politics, conference in Seoul, Korea July, 1994.

“Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Women Candidates,” Organization of American Historians, Anaheim, California, April 1993.

“Women Running for Political Office,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Vassar College, June 1993.

“Bells and Whistles: The Policy and Organizational Implications of Dissent and Disclosure by Leakers and Whistle blowers,” American Public Policy Analysis and Management Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 1992.

“Afterthoughts on the Dukakis/Bentsen Campaign,” Public Affairs Report,  (Institute for  Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley: February, 1989).           


Berkeley Public Library Foundation, 2016 Authors Dinner Honoree

Los Angeles Times Book Festival, 2015, panelist.

Bay Area Book Festival, 2015, panelist

2013: Hall of Fame Award, Charles City Excellence in Education Foundation,“A Passion for Learning,” Keynote speech, April 20, 2013.

Open Society Institute Fellowship, award for research on the CIA and American students, 1998.