Tessa Ditonto

Assistant Professor [POL S]
Dept:Political Science
Office:517 Ross
527 Farm House Ln
Ames IA
Vita:Tessa Ditonto CV

Dr. Tessa Ditonto is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Iowa State University. She earned her doctorate in political science with concentrations in American politics, women and politics, and political methodology from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 2013 and a bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Michigan.

Ditonto’s research is broadly centered in women and politics, political behavior and political psychology and focuses on how voters learn about political candidates and make decisions during political campaigns. At ISU, Ditonto has taught courses on American politics, political behavior, public opinion, political psychology and women in politics.

In conjunction with the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and supported by a $64,627 grant from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, Ditonto and Dr. David Andersen are working to track all the gubernatorial campaigns involving women candidates in the 2016 election cycle.