Dianne Bystrom

Dept: Carrie Chapman Catt Center
Office:315 Catt
Curriculum Vitae

Dianne Bystrom, the director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, has personal and professional experience in covering, working in and studying political campaigns. She earned a B.A. in journalism in 1975 from Kearney (NE) State College and an M.A. in journalism and mass communication in 1982 and a Ph.D. in communication in 1995 from the University of Oklahoma. Her current research interests focus on (1) the styles and strategies used by women and men political candidates in their television advertising, websites and speeches and (2) the coverage of women candidates and political leaders by the media. She is a frequent commentator about political and women's issues for state, national and international media.

Bystrom is a contributor, co-author or co-editor of 19 books—including "alieNATION: The Divide and Conquer Election of 2012" (2014); "Media Disparity: A Gender Battleground" (2013); "Women & Executive Office: Pathways and Performance" (2013); "Communication in the 2008 U.S. Election: Digital Natives Elect a President" (2011); "Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling: A Global Comparison of Women's Campaigns for Executive Office" (2010); "Gender and Elections" (2014, 2009 and 2006); "Legislative Women: Getting Elected, Getting Ahead" (2008); "Communicating Politics" (2005); "Gender and Candidate Communication" (2004); "Anticipating Madam President" (2003); and "Women Transforming Congress" (2002) – and has written journal articles on women and politics, youth voters and the Iowa caucus.

In addition to directing the Catt Center, Bystrom teaches courses on leadership, women and politics, and political campaigns. She established Iowa State’s interdisciplinary undergraduate Leadership Studies Program, which is coordinated by the center. Before joining Iowa State in July 1996, she worked for 17 years at the University of Oklahoma in public relations, higher education administration and political communication.