Gender was central to many issues raised during the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Sept. 26, from equal pay for equal work and child care, to past misogynistic statements by Trump. And gender plays a role in how the public views the candidates and their performance at the debate.

Sarah Allen Gershon, associate professor of political science at Georgia State University, is available to discuss gender and politics following the first general-election presidential debate.

Her contact information is in the box above for logged-in registrants of the Newswise system. For further assistance, contact Jeremy Craig at [email protected].

Gershon’s research focuses primarily on the incorporation of traditionally underrepresented groups – including women, and racial and ethnic minorities – into the U.S. political system. Her work looks at the roles of communication, campaigns and political attitudes in looking to explain the challenges faced by these groups.

She and her colleague Kim Fridkin, professor of politics and global studies at Arizona State University, are currently using a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the emotional and cognitive responses to the back-and-forth between Clinton and Trump during this year’s series of general-election presidential debates.

Unlike some previous studies, Gershon and Fridkin are recording study subjects reacting to the debate with fresh eyes – viewing the debates for the first time like viewers at home – rather than being measured while watching a recording of a debate after it has already been aired on television.

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For further assistance, contact Jeremy Craig in the Georgia State University Department of Public Relations and Marketing Communications at [email protected].