Nichola Gutgold


Professor of Communcation Art & Sciences


  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • American Politics
  • Politics
  • Voting Behavior
  • Women in Politics

In The Media:


  • Recently published the book Electing Madam Vice President
  • Former associate dean of academic affairs at the Schreyer Honors College at University Park where she began a new university-wide digital contest for undergraduate research, co-founded an online journal for honors education, and improved support for thesis preparation
  • Co-authored multiple children’s books based on research about women in politics including Madam President: Five Women Who Paved the Way & Growing up Supremely: The Women of the U.S. Supreme Court

Nichola D. Gutgold is a professor of communication arts & sciences at Penn State Lehigh Valley. She has met and written about women Supreme Court justices, women heads of state, notable women in broadcasting, and women who have run for political office and the presidency. An internationally recognized scholar on the rhetoric of women in non-traditional fields, Gutgold’s research has been featured in high profile local news as well as international press outlets.

Gutgold is the recipient of numerous awards for her teaching and research, including the 2018 Penn State Alumni Fellow Teaching Award, Lehigh Valley “Woman of Influence” award, 2016 Teaching Fellow Award from Penn State’s University College, and an alumni achievement award for professional excellence from King’s College. She serves as vice president on the board of directors of The Literacy Center and is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants.

In The Media

Representing women on the ballot

from WTAJ - TV June 3, 2020

“Women, unlike men, tend to look at every single criteria that’s required for success and if we don’t have one of them we might step aside and say let me work on that one skill, for example, and when I have that skill I’m going to apply for that position.”

“Rejecting her is a way of rejecting the establishment.” - Nichola Gutgold

"I do think this is a time when an unprecedented number of women are getting into the political system and running for office and creating a change in what was once an all-white male domain."

"That physical manifestation of a female president would certainly help younger women get into the political arena.”

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