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
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