Karin Kitchens

Assistant Professor


524 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Political Science


  • Politics of Education
  • Local Politics
  • Research Methods
  • American Politics

Professional Activities

  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association


  • PhD, Georgetown University, Government
  • Masters of Arts in Government, Georgetown University
  • Masters of Science in Statistics, University of Tennessee
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Tennessee

Awards and Honors

Norton Long Young Scholar, American Political Science Association, 2015

National Science Foundation Travel Fund for the Political Methodology Conference, 2016

Selected Publications


“The Hispanic Extracurricular Participation Gap in Middle School" Karin Kitchens and William Gormley (2017) Forthcoming at Social Science Quarterly

“Why Aren't There More Republican Women in Congress: Gender, Partisanship, and Fundraising Support in the 2010 and 2012 Elections." Karin Kitchens and Michele Swers (2016) Politics and Gender

Additional Information

Dr. Kitchens research focuses on the effects of segregation and diversity on public good investment, particularly for public education. She is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for Research on Children in the United States at Georgetown University.  She also continues to work on projects at RAND Corporation.  For more details about research interests, please visit Dr. Kitchens’ personal website at karinkitchens.com