Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Noelle Norton, PhD, was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013. Norton joined the USD faculty in 1994 and previously served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Co-Director of the Living Learning Communities program while maintaining her faculty role in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Norton also served as department chair and USD Honors Program director from 2001-2008.
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara; Political Science
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; Political Science
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Political Science/Public Administration
Scholarly and Creative Work
Norton has been published in the journals Congress and the Presidency, Political Research Quarterly; Policy Studies Journal; Legislative Studies Quarterly; Women and Politics; Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences; Policy Studies; and two edited volumes, Gender, Power, Leadership and Governance (Kelly/Duerst-Lahti, 1995) and Women Transforming Congress (Rosenthal, 2003). One of her most recent publications is a book titled Creating Gender: The Sexual Politics of Welfare Policy with Georgia Duerst-Lahti and Cathy Johnson (Lynn Reinner Press, 2007). Norton is currently working with an undergraduate research assistant to expand her work to include an analysis of congressional handling of international women’s gender violence legislation.
Norton’s background and experience prepare her to teach a wide variety of courses ranging from urban politics to gender politics. Prior work for the cities of Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo piqued her interest in state, local, and urban politics, while her research in American government piqued her interest in the U.S. Congress and gender politics. She has taught introductory American Politics and Urban Politics, as well as upper-division courses on Congress, urban politics, and parties and interest groups.