Meg Bergin Rincker, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Meg Rincker


Professor Rincker is a professor of political science at PNW. She is faculty co-sponsor of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science club, for Model United Nations and Model Illinois Government team at PNW.

Research Overview

Rincker has written many articles on gender and political ambition, qualitative research methods, gender and candidate quotas, health policy, and the effect of family ties on running for executive office. Her book on women’s representation and decentralization included original fieldwork and interviews with politicians and women’s organization leaders in the United Kingdom, Poland and Pakistan.

I love to cultivate political ambition and more broadly, success in my students. Therefore my courses feature a lot of experiential learning where you will do public speaking and learn parliamentary procedure. I teach zumba/cardio fitness because to be confident in speaking to others you must cultivate confidence in yourself.

Select Publications

Blood is Thicker than Water: Family Ties to Political Power Worldwide. Historical Social Research. 2018. Vol. 43 (4): 54-72.

Empowered by Design: Decentralization and the Gender Policy Trifecta (Temple University Press 2017).

Greening the Olympics: Political Economy, Sustainability and Competition in the Modern Olympic Games (forthcoming 2022).

Teaching Focus

  • International Relations
  • Model United Nations
  • Gender and Politics
  • Politics of the Olympics
  • Public Policy

Previous Roles

Rincker held a Dunn Fellowship in the Illinois Governor’s Office for a year after finishing undergrad. After graduate school, she taught at Illinois Wesleyan University (2006-2008). She served as Faculty Advisor for Student Government Association at PNW.

Meg Rincker


(219) 989-2025

Office Location:

Lawshe 346B (Hammond)
Schwarz 152 (Westville)


  • Ph.D. – Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006
  • M.A. – Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2004
  • B.S. – Political Science, Minor in English, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1998

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Political Representation Gender and Politics

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • PNW Exploratory Grant Award on Greening the Olympics with Kay Rowberg, 2017.
  • PNW Outstanding Teaching Award, 2015.
  • Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women in Politics, 2007.

Curriculum Vitae