Political Science professor publishes article in encyclopedia

Marietta College's Dr. Jacqueline DeLaat, McCoy Professor of Political Science, has recently completed an article for the 2009 volume of "Governing America: Major Policies and Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Government."

Her article, about 5,000 words on gender discrimination, will be featured in the section on Civil Rights policy. Her article was accepted based on the excellence of the work. The publishers looked for accomplished scholars in political science, history and other disciplines to contribute articles and they aimed to assign every article to an author who has substantial credentials in the appropriate policy area.

"This was more work than I had originally expected, because all forms of gender discrimination needed to be mentioned, along with government efforts on these issues, while still keeping the article fairly succinct," DeLaat said. "I enjoyed doing this more than I thought I would, because thinking about an overall broad area is different than my usual work, which concentrates on discrimination at work."

Facts on File, one of the leading publishers of reference works in the world, will market the volumes to university, high school and public libraries and will also make the articles available to subscribers online.

The encyclopedia focuses on approximately 150 areas of public policy ranging from abortion to monetary policy and space exploration to bilingual education and will be the only substantial scholarly reference work about public policy in the United States.