Cynthia Harrison

Associate Professor of History, Women's Studies and Public Policy
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-6943

Areas of Expertise

Women and public policy
Women and the law
US women's history
US constitutional history


Cynthia Harrison, Associate Professor: BA (American Literature), Brooklyn College; PhD (History), Columbia University. Professor Harrison is Associate Professor of History and of Women's Studies. Her fields of interest include the impact of gender and feminism on public policy; the impact of public policy on women; the history of women in the twentieth century; and the status of women under the U.S. Constitution. Before joining the GW faculty, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, managing editor of This Constitution (a quarterly about the Constitution published by the American Historical Association and the American Political Science Association), and chief of the Federal Judicial Center's Federal Judicial History Office. She is the author of On Account of Sex: The Politics of Women's Issues, 1945-1968 and numerous articles on women and public policy.


PhD, American History, Columbia University
BA, Brooklyn College