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Cindy Simon Rosenthal
Cindy Simon Rosenthal

Cindy Simon Rosenthal is director and curator of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma and professor of political science with a joint appointment to the women’s studies faculty. Professor Rosenthal has been a member of the Center faculty since 1998 and initially served as associate director, overseeing the Center’s undergraduate programs. Under her leadership, the Center developed its highly successful N.E.W. (National Education for Women’s) Leadership, a program to educate, inspire, and empower undergraduate women to enter public service and politics. N.E.W. Leadership and the Center's companion programs under the umbrella of the Women's Leadership Initiative have been honored each year by Oklahoma’s Journal-Record “Woman of the Year” celebration as a program “making a difference.”

Professor Rosenthal’s research and teaching interests focus on women in politics, public sector and legislative leadership, state-local government and intergovernmental relations, and public policy issues involving gender inequality. She is co-author (with Ronald M. Peters, Jr.) of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2010). She edited Women Transforming Congress (University of Oklahoma Press, 2002) and is the author of
When Women Lead (Oxford University Press, 1998). In 1996, the Women and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association recognized her dissertation on institutional constraints and leadership styles of men and women in state legislatures as the best in the field of women in politics. Her work has also been recognized with the Sophonisba Breckinridge Award given for the best paper on women and politics at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting. She contributed chapters to The Oklahoma Almanac of Politics (1998, 1999), Women and Elective Office (1998, 2005), Women in Higher Education: Empowering Change (2002), Women and Elective Office (2005), Voices from the Heartland (2007), Legislative Women: Getting Elected, Getting Ahead (2008), and The Handbook on Gender and Women’s Leadership (2009). Her work also has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Politics and Gender, PS: Political Science and Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Legislative Studies Quarterly, State & Local Government Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Women & Politics.

Among her awards and honors, Professor Rosenthal was named the Carlisle Mabrey and Lurleen Mabrey Presidential Professor, 2002 – 2007, and was named Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist of the Year in 2000 by the Oklahoma Political Science Association. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Oklahoma Chapter, American Society of Public Administration. In 2010 she was named “Woman of the Year” by Oklahoma’s Journal Record.  She also received the Ursa Major Distinguished Alumnae Award from the Alpha Phi International Fraternity in 2010.

Professor Rosenthal holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master’s in urban studies from Occidental College, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oklahoma. From 1975 until 1991, she worked extensively with state legislatures – first with Legis 50/ The Center for Legislative Improvement, later at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and then finally as a consultant with several states on various management, personnel, and training projects. She was on the NCSL senior management team and oversaw legislative management programs, state information services, and publications.

After serving three years on the city council of Norman, Oklahoma, she was elected mayor of Norman in 2007 and again in 2010.

Contact Cindy Simon Rosenthal at Click here to visit Professor Rosenthal’s Web Site.

Cindy Simon Rosenthal
Michael H. Crespin

Michael H. Crespin is Associate Director of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma and Associate Professor of Political Science. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2005 and served in the office of U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski as an APSA Congressional Fellow from 2005-06. He joined the University of Oklahoma in 2014 after serving on faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Georgia.  

At the Center, Mike will assist in leading the graduate program and undergraduate research fellows. He will also guide students as they take part in the Capitol Scholars program with internships at the Capitol and weekly seminars on campus. Mike will also teach graduate and undergraduate courses on the U.S. Congress and American Federal Government.  

Crespin’s research focuses on legislative politics, congressional elections, and political geography. One recent project examines congressional earmarks and shows the process is quite nuanced at both the institutional and district levels. Rather than a system where pork dollars directly translate into votes, his research demonstrates that only some members see returns to earmarks and “homestyles” with respect to distributive politics vary throughout the country. Another project studies the devices the House and Senate have used over time to facilitate the passage of a legislative agenda. These have varied from simple committee meetings to more advanced emails systems to notify members of upcoming votes.   

Some of his work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Professor Crespin’s research with co-authors has won the Harold Gosnell Prize for the best work in political methodology and the Patrick J. Fett Award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the Presidency.

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Ronald M. Peters, Jr.

Ronald M. Peters, Jr., Regents’ Professor of Political Science, joined the University of Oklahoma in 1975 after having received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University. He served as the director and curator of the Carl Albert Center from its beginning in 1979 through June 2000, and he was chair of the Political Science Department from 1994 to 2002. His major teaching interests are in the areas of political theory and American government.

He is co-author (with Cindy Simon Rosenthal) of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2010).  He is the author of The American Speakership: The Office in Historical Perspective (Johns Hopkins Press, 1990; 1997), which is based, in part, on a year spent in Washington working in the Speaker’s office and on research materials housed at the Carl Albert Center.  He is the editor of The Speaker: Leadership in the U.S. House (Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1995) and co-editor (with Allen Hertzke) of The Atomistic Congress: An Interpretation of Congressional Change (M.E. Sharpe Press, 1992).  He has published numerous articles on constitutional government and democratic theory and is the author of
The Massachusetts Constitution of 1780: A Social Compact  (University of Massachusetts Press, 1978), which examines the political theory of the American Revolution.  He is the editor of APSA’s Legislative Studies Section Newsletter and the Carl Albert Center publication, Extensions.

Professor Peters is the winner of the Amoco Good Teaching Award and the Regents Award for Distinguished Teaching, and he was recognized by the Oklahoma Political Science Association as the Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist for 1995.

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LaDonna Sullivan

LaDonna Sullivan is responsible for strategic planning and budgets, office management, and special events.  She also serves as managing editor for APSA’s Legislative Studies Section Newsletter and the Carl Albert Center publication, Extensions. She has worked at the center since 1988.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University with a major in English and a minor in secondary education. 

In 1994 and again in 2010, LaDonna received from the university a Superior Performance Award for outstanding job performance.  She is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Financial and Administrative Management and served as chair of that committee 1999-2000.  Other service to the university community has included six years on the Employment Benefits Committee, three years on the Personnel Policies Committee, four years on Staff Senate, and a year as president of the Managerial Staff Association.  She currently serves on Staff Senate as a representative of the Organizational Staff Council. 

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Robert Lay
Robert Lay

Robert Lay holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from Louisiana Tech University, where he studied U.S. foreign relations with Eastern Asia.  His responsibilities at the Center include the acquisition and processing of new collections, assisting researchers, and maintaining the archives website and finding aids.

He has previously worked with the congressional papers of Senator Robert J. Dole at the University of Kansas and Senator John B. Breaux at Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections. 
Robert is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the Midwest Archives Conference.

Contact Robert by email at or click here to visit the Carl Albert Center Archives.

Robert Lay
Bailey Schreier Hoffner

Bailey Hoffner received her B.A. in English Writing from the University of Oklahoma in 2010 with summa cum laude distinction. She then went on to create and maintain a gastronomic education program at Forward Foods, a local cheese shop and specialty grocery in Norman, Oklahoma. In doing so she gained a passionate love for service and education that would eventually lead her back to OU to pursue her master’s degree in Library and Information Studies with a strong focus on archives.

She has since worked at multiple area repositories on projects involving the American Theatre Organ Collections at the American Organ Institute as well as the Film and Video Archives at the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Bailey is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the Society of Southwest Archivists.  She specializes in the areas of archival processing, project planning, grant writing, public speaking, outreach and advocacy, and policy creation.

Lauren Schueler
Lauren Schueler

Lauren Schueler is the Assistant Director for N.E.W Leadership for the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. . She coordinates the social media for the center as well as the N.E.W. (National Education for Women’s) Leadership program that seeks to address the historical under-representation of women in politics and public service. In addition, she helps organize several other programs housed at the Women’s Leadership Initiative: Pipeline to Politics, The Appointments Project (TAP), and Oklahoma Firsts.

Lauren served as the graduate assistant for the Women’s Leadership Initiative for two years before taking her current position. She is in her final semester of the master’s program in Adult and Higher Education with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of Central Florida where she was a member of the women’s rowing team. While at UCF Lauren made the dean’s list and achieved academic recognition from the NCAA. In summer 2009, Lauren interned at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania gaining considerable insight into the areas of public policy and services.

Lauren offers her unique understanding of society and culture in the effort to help break down the social stereotypes attached to women. “Since beginning my work with WLI two years ago, it has become apparent to me that women are a crucial part of the decision-making process that is currently under-represented. It is imperative that women work together to inspire one another for public service and leadership roles,” she said. Being involved with the WLI is an essential life-enriching experience for Lauren and all those she hopes to meet through the program.

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Kay Blunck

Kay Blunck maintains the financial records of the Carl Albert Center, processes invoices and other payment requests, and prepares monthly financial reports.  She also assists faculty, staff, and fellows with travel arrangements and reimbursements.

Before coming to the center in 2001, Kay worked several years in the university’s Financial Support Services office and at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. She also worked in a family-owned business, Blunck’s School Photography.

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Laurie McReynolds

Laurie McReynolds has been providing clerical support to the faculty and staff of the Carl Albert Center since 1999.  She also assists in planning and coordinating special events, serves as editorial assistant for publications, and is the office receptionist.

She received a Distinguished Service Award from the university in 2003 for outstanding job performance. In the community, she serves on the board of directors for Sooner Theatre. 

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