Alana Jeydel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Fresno City College

Year of PhD: 1998

Phone: 9166162049

City: Fresno, California - 93728

Country: United States

About Me:

Dr. Alana Jeydel is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fresno City College. Her main area of research is women and politics, in particular the suffrage and ERA movements in the US. She has published 2 books on women in politics and numerous refereed journal articles. Her current research project concerns the barriers females face to announcing a run for Governor. Public facing pieces on this work appear in The Academic Minute and Governing. She formerly managed the Education program in the Legal division of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the state campaign and lobbying ethics agency. She is a content matter expert in the California Political Reform Act and its regulations, which seeks to guarantee transparency in the areas of campaign finance and elections in California as well as lobbying in California. 

Research Interests

Gender and Politics

Elections, Election Administration, and Voting Behavior

Representation and Electoral Systems

Legislative Politics

Women's Suffrage

Women In Politics

Women's Movements

Campaign Finance


Countries of Interest

United States

My Research:

Alana Jeydel earned her Phd from American University. Her dissertation, published with Routledge Press, looked at the conditions under which the three waves of the women's movement gained access to and response from political elites in the US Congress and Presidency. She has also co-authored a text with Sarah Henderson, published with Oxford University Press, on women and politics from a comparative perspective. The book, Participation and Protest, looks at the impact that women have had on politics via social movements, revolutions, and political institutions, as well as the impact that politics has on women's lives via policies such as abortion, family leave, sexual harrassment, and pay. It concludes with chapters that look at issues of particular concern to women in the developing world, like female genital cutting, rape during war, honor killings, HIV, and education. Her current research project involves looking at the barriers that females face in announcing a run for Governor. In addition, she and her colleague have gathered a unique data set on the political experience of all the females who have announced a run for Governor in 2022.


Journal Articles:

(2021) Pandemic Politics - How COVID Has Altered the Local Election Landscape, California Journal of Politics and Policy

How did the pandemic impact local elections in California? This commentary examines what changes to campaigning by local candidates in California were prompted by the pandemic, which changes will likely persist, and suggests some questions for future research.

(2011) Incumbent Gender and Electoral Safety in Local Elections, California Politics and Policy

This article looks at the impact of gender and incumbency on county supervisor races in California..

(2003) Are Women Effective Legislators? Evidence from the U.S. House in the 103d –105th Congresses, Political Research Quarterly

Co-authored with Dr. Andrew Taylor

(2002) Public Attitudes Towards the Initiative Process in Oregon, State and Local Government Review

Co-authored with Dr. Brent Steel

(2002) The Impact of Presidential Activism on the Lobbying Efforts of the Woman Suffrage Movement, White House Studies

Looks at the impact of the emergence of the modern presidency on the women's suffrage movement in the U.S.

(2000) Social Movements, Political Elites and Political Opportunity Structures: the Case of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement from 1890-1920, Congress and the Presidency

Looks at the conditions under which the U.S. women's suffrage movement gained access to and response from the U.S. Congress.

(1997) A Comparative Analysis of State Lobbying Laws, Comparative State Politics

Co-authored with Blair Horner and Russ Haven.

(1997) Using Presidential Election Returns to Measure Constituency Ideology, American Politics Quarterly

Co-authored with Dr. William LeoGrande.

Books Written:

(2013) Participation and Protest: Women and Politics in a Global World, Oxford University Press

This book looks comparatively at the impact women have had on politics via revolutions, social movements, and political institutions. It also looks at the ways in which politics impacts women's lives via policies such as equal pay, abortion, and family leave, among others. Finally, it examines issues of particular concern to women in the developing world, such as female genital cutting, honor killings, trafficking, and education.

(2004) Political Women, Routledge

Under what conditions are political elites responsive to social movements, and when do social movements gain access to political elites? This book explores this question with regard to the women’s movement in the U.S., asking under what conditions are Congress and the presidency responsive to the women’s movement, and when will the women’s movement gain access to Congress and the presidency?

Book Chapters:

(2005) Local Government in Oregon in Oregon State and Local Politics, University of Nebraska Press

Chapter considers the various types of local government in Oregon.

Book Reviews:

(2018) Justice Unbound: Voices of Justice for the 21st Century, Rowman and Littlefield

Reviewed Patrizia Longo's book, Justice Unbound.

(2013) Sally J. Kenney’s Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Sally J. Kenney’s Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really MatterJudiciary Really Matter, Judicature

A review of Sally Kenney's book on Gender and Justice.

(2003) Reviewed Kathleen Blee’s "Inside Organized Racism. Women in the Hate Movement", e Extreme

A review of Kathleen Blee's work on women in white nationalist movements in the U.S.

(2002) Reviewed Maryanne Borrelli’s The President’s Cabinet: Gender, Power, and Representation, Journal of Politics

A review of Maryanne Borrelli's work on presidential cabinets and gender.


(2023) A record-breaking number of women were elected governor in 2022 – here are 7 things to know about how that happened, The Conversation

To understand the backgrounds of the candidates running for governor in 2022, we have gathered information on the prior political experience of all 420 announced candidates for governor in 2022, and from previous years, stretching back to 1978. In this article we discuss seven things we found out about the record number of recently elected women to governorships and what they mean for American politics.

(2022) 2022: The Year of the Female Gubernatorial Candidate, The Academic Minute

We see more female major gubernatorial candidates than ever before. We have gathered unique data on the prior political experience of all 421 announced candidates. Here we have found that Democratic female candidates are more likely to have held political experience than others. 52.5 percent of 2022 Democratic female gubernatorial candidates have held elective office, as compared to only 37.7% of Republican females, and 32.9% of all male candidates.

(2022) Will This Be a Banner Year for Women Running for Governor, Governing

With 36 governorships at stake, more women from both parties are running this year, and more are winning their primaries. That’s happening despite the fact that women must overcome barriers that few men face.

(2020) How to Keep the MeToo Movement Relevant During the Pandemic, The Fair Observer

The victory of the Weinstein verdict for the #MeToo movement will not have the same impact on women and feminism now that the coronavirus crisis has all our attention.

(2019) Me Too Movement: a History of Women Taking Charge, Fair Observer

Where does the #MeToo movement fit on the larger scale of women’s movements throughout history?

(1998) Limiting Access: An Analysis of State Lobbying Laws and New York’s Failure to Measure Up., NYPIRG Report

co-authored with Blair Horner and Russ Haven.

Media Appearances:

TV Appearances:

(2022) CBS47

Interviewed by Megan Rupe on the sanctions in Ukraine. February 25, 2022

(2022) Fox26 KMPF Fresno

Offered political analysis on incoming election results for the Central Valley of CA on election night, November 8th, 2022.

(2022) CBS Evening News Election Night Coverage, November 8th, 2022

Research that I conducted with Dr. Bill Wilkerson was discussed during CBS national news election night coverage of the Gubernatorial races. Minute 5.

(2022) ABC News 30 Fresno

Interviewed regarding the CA 22nd congressional race between Valadao and Salas.

(2022) ABC News 30 Fresno

Interviewed on November 15 by Elisa Navarro about the Congressional race for District 22 betwen David Valadao and Rudy Salas.

Radio Appearances:

(2011) Capital Public Radio

Part of a panel interviewed during Insight: Capitol Chat, upon the 100th anniversary of Women's suffrage in California.

Newspaper Quotes:

(2019) Washington Examiner

Article assessing the impact of female cabinet members and executive staff.

(2018) Waco Tribune Herald

The article looks at the Baylor sexual assault scandal and its connections to the Me Too movement.

(2015) Washington Post

Interviewed regarding Carly Fiorina's run for the Presidency.