Gretchen Ritter is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. She received her B.S. in government from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in political science from MIT. Professor Ritter specializes in studies of American politics, constitutional development, and gender politics from a historical and theoretical perspective. She is currently examining the impact of work-family issues on gender equity in the United States. Professor Ritter has been a Faculty Fellow at Princeton University, a Liberal Arts Fellow at Harvard Law School, and has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. She is the Director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at UT. She is the author of two books, Goldbugs and Greenbacks: The Antimonopoly Tradition and the Politics of Finance in America (NY: Cambridge University Press, 1997) and The Constitution as Social Design: Gender and Civic Membership in the American Constitutional Order (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006). She also has a co-edited book (with Desmond King, Robert Lieberman and Laurence Whitehead), entitled Democratization in America, forthcoming Johns Hopkins University Press. She has published articles, reviews and essays in numerous peer reviewed journals in law, political science, sociology, and gender studies.