Kathleen Montgomery
Associate Professor Kathleen Montgomery

Montgomery to Speak at Honors Convocation

March 26, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Wesleyan University will hold its annual Honors Convocation April 8 at 11 a.m. in Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall.

The convocation is dedicated to the class of 2015 and celebrates students who have earned scholastic and activity honors. The 2016 recipient of the Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, the University’s highest teaching honor, will be announced at the Convocation.

Associate Professor of Political Science Kathleen Montgomery, the 2015 Kemp Award winner, will present the keynote address entitled, “Reflections of an Accidental Political Scientist.”

Montgomery teaches courses in comparative politics with an emphasis on post-communist Europe, advanced democracies, comparative method, and women in politics. Montgomery also teaches Gateway Colloquium classes, which have been praised by her peers as exciting contributions to the general education courses offered at Illinois Wesleyan.

In addition to her teaching, Montgomery has conducted research with the help of Fulbright, IREX, and IWU Artistic and Scholarly Development grants. Her current work focuses on populist radical right-wing parties in Europe. She has frequently co-authored research with IWU students, most recently with Eckley Summer Scholar Ryan Winter ’14. 

Her publication Women’s Access to Political Power in Post-Communist Europe (Oxford University Press), co-edited with Richard Matland, is widely cited in academic literature and used in graduate courses in Hungary. She is also a frequent reviewer for the academic journals Women, Politics, and Public Policy, British Journal of Politics, and Comparative Political Studies.

As a member of the Illinois Wesleyan faculty since 1996, Montgomery earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Santa Clara University and a doctorate at Emory University. Montgomery twice has been named as the Student Senate Professor of the Year.

By Kathy Tun ’16