Leslie G. Rude Lecture

The Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture

Leslie G. Rude was an outstanding Hartwick College faculty member and administrator. Following his death in 1998, Professor Emerita Norma Hutman and Marion Rude established the Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture Series to reflect his passionate interest in political science and public speaking, and his commitment to public life.

The Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture features a prominent speaker with expertise to share ideas with students, faculty, and community members about issues pertinent to the current political climate.

2023 Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture

Professor Zoe Oxley

“This One’s for the Boys: How Gendered Political Socialization Limits Girls’ Political Ambition and Interest”

Wednesday, March 1
4-5 p.m.
Shineman Celebration Room

Through the process of gendered political socialization, children learn about the political world, about societal gender roles, and about gender in politics. Drawing from surveys of and pictures made by over 1,600 children from across the United States, Zoe Oxley and her colleagues explore the consequences of such socialization processes on children’s perceptions of politics. They find that girls increasingly see political leadership as a “man’s world.” Simultaneously, as children grow older, they internalize gendered expectations, which direct their interests toward professions that embody the gendered traits that fit with their own sex. One result of this mismatch between women and politics is that girls are less interested in political engagement than are boys.

Zoe Oxley

Zoe Oxley, is a professor of political science at Union College. She is part of a team whose latest research on gender and political socialization has been featured in top academic journals and a number of media outlets, including Forbes, NPR’s All Things Considered, The 19th, WNYC’s The Takeaway and The Conversation.

Past Lectures Include:

  • Caitlin (Dwyer Jewitt ’06, Ph.D., Primary Rules and the 2020 Presidential Nomination
  • Charles S. Crow ’72, J.D., Justice, Philanthropy, and Luck: Fighting to Free “The Convicted Innocent”
  • Michael Young ’83, “Mid-Century Resilience in the Face of Climate Extremes and Population Growth: How Lessons From the Lone Star State Can Benefit the Nation”
  • James L. Seward ’73, H’99, “Politics, Protests and PR: Public service in the age of fake news, alt-left vs. alt-right, and Twitter wars”
  • Mark Green, “The New Progressive Majority vs. The Fringe Fourth: Dems and Trends”
  • Kira Sanbonmatsu, “More Women Can Run”
  • John Zogby, “The First Globals and the Changing Demographics of America”
  • Maria Sirois ’82, “The Authentic Voice, The Authentic Life”
  • Francis ‘Buck’ Rodgers H’82, “The Essence of Leadership”


For more information, contact Professor of Political Science, Laurel Elder, elderl@hartwick.edu.