Lilly J. Goren is professor of political science and global studies at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She teaches American government, the presidency, politics and culture, gender studies, politics and literature and political theory. Her research often integrates popular culture, literature, and film as means to understanding politics. Her published books include the Mad Men and Politics: Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America (Bloomsbury Publishers, March, 2015, co-edited with Linda Beail); Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics (University Press of Kentucky, 2012, co-edited with Justin Vaughn)—winner of both the 2014 Susan Koppelman Book Award and the 2014 Peter C. Rollins Book Award; You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture (University Press of Kentucky, 2009); and Not in My District: The Politics of Military Base Closures (Peter Lang, 2003), as well as articles in Society, Political Research Quarterly, White House Studies, and The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics, and she has served as guest editor, with Justin Vaughn, for a special issue of White House Studies on the presidency and popular culture in 2010.
Goren has twice served as chair of the American Political Science Association’s Politics, Literature and Film section and she is currently serving as a member of the executive board for the APSA’s Presidents and Executive Politics Section. She is an elected member of the Governing Committee of the Association for Political Theory, where she served as Conference Committee Co-Chair for the APT annual meeting in 2015. Goren will be a Fulbright Fellow to the University of Bonn in the spring of 2018.
Professor Goren earned her A.B. in political science and English from Kenyon College and has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from Boston College, and is a regular contributor to local, national, and international media.
Areas of Specialization
American politics; American political institutions; the American Presidency; the U.S. Congress; public policy; American political thought; politics and literature; film and popular culture; political theory.
What is your teaching style?
Encouraging and challenging.
Why do you do what you do?
I love politics, which might be a dirty word these days, but I have been fascinated, for as long as I can remember, by politics and trying to understand the connection between citizens, government, power, and institutions, and how I, myself, fit into all of that. I am not sure that I always understand it, but I do try to help students think of themselves as citizens, regardless of their major or their career paths, and to consider how they fit into these public contexts.