About Robin Kolodny



Robin Kolodny was born and raised in Miami, Florida and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Florida International University in Miami. in 1985 and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1992.  She is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University, where she has taught since 1991.  Kolodny was selected to serve as an APSA (American Political Science Association) Congressional Fellow in 1995 when she worked in the office of Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson of Connecticut.  In 1999, she received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of APSA.  Kolodny spent her first sabattical (2000-1) at American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS). During academic year 2008-09, Kolodny was named a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to the United Kingdom, affiliated with the Department of Politics and Contemporary European Studies at the University of Sussex and the Sussex European Institute (SEI)

Kolodny is the author of Pursuing Majorities:  Congressional Campaign Committees in American Politics (University of Oklahoma Press, 1998) as well as numerous articles on political parties in the US Congress, in elections, and in comparative perspective.  She also writes extensively on political consultants and campaign finance in the US.

Kolodny became the President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society in 2010.  Her term expires in September of 2012. She has also been a member of Academic Advisory Board Member of the Campaign Finance Institute since 2000. Kolodny is also the Chair of the Faculty Board of Review of Temple University Press.

Kolodny has been recognized for her teaching.  In 1998, she won the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award.  In 2003, she won the 2003 Rowman & Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science from the American Political Science Association along with several of her colleagues from the political science department at Temple University for the department’s experiential learning program.  In 2011, Kolodny won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, a university-wide award given by Temple University and the Lindback Foundation.

She is a very proud former resident of Lewes, East Sussex and if you ask her about bonfire societies, she will talk about them for a very, very long time.

Kolodny and her two children and husband are very active fans of Temple Basketball. You can often find them cheering at both the men's and women's games. Everyone in the house except for her plays basketball too -- a lot of basketball.