Media Advisory: URI’s Kathleen McIntyre and Ashlea Rundlett available to speak on recent presidential election in Mexico

Fulbright awardee and colloquium coordinator available to speak on women’s roles in North American politics

KINGSTON, R.I. – June 10, 2024 – With Mexico’s recent election of its first female president, University of Rhode Island professors Kathleen McIntyre and Ashlea Rundlett are available to share their expert perspectives on what this means for the U.S.’s neighbor to the south and what that entails for women in politics in North America overall. 

WHO: College of Arts and Sciences faculty Kathleen McIntyre (gender and women’s studies) and Ashlea Rundlett (political science).

BACKGROUND: Perspective on women’s changing roles in politics in Mexico and North America, the impact of Mexico’s gender quotas in politics, and how feminist movements paved the way for two major candidates to be women in last week’s election.

Kathleen McIntyre specializes in gender in modern Latin America. McIntyre’s current research project centers on women and political activism in Mexico, 1900 to 1955. She received a 2020 National Endowment for the Humanities award for her research. McIntyre is also the recipient of a 2024-25 Fulbright Research Fellowship to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she has been studying and researching since 2000. 

Ashlea Rundlett specializes in Latin American politics. She is one of the coordinators of this fall’s URI Honors Colloquium on “Democracy in Peril.” She has a special focus on political corruption and research methodology. Her published work has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. In 2023, she won a College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. 

Both are available for interviews to share their perspectives on the recent election in Mexico and what this means in the Mexico-U.S. relationship. 

FOR INFORMATION: Katie McIntyre, office, 401-874-2608;
Ashlea Rundlett, office, 401-874-4052;
Dawn Bergantino, 401-874-4147,