Sheri Kunovich

Associate Professor of Sociology, SMU

Hyer Hall 306E
(214) 768-1285

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Sheri Kunovich is an associate professor of sociology at Southern Methodist University and the Director of the Sociology major. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University and began working at SMU in 2004. She was awarded the Golden Mustang in 2010 for excellence in teaching. Her research interests include gender and politics, political and social change in Eastern Europe, and comparative economic attitudes and behaviors. Dr. Kunovich has published research in the American Jornal of Sociology, Social Forces, European Sociological Review, Politics and Gender, and Comparative Politics.

Education and Honors

  • Ph.D., Ohio State University

Publications, Speeches and Presentations


  • Kunovich, Sheri. 2012. "Unexpected Winners: The Significance of an Open-List System on Women’s Representation in Poland." Politics & Gender 8: 155-177.
  • Kunovich, Robert M. and Sheri Kunovich. 2008. "Gender Dependence and Attitudes Toward the Household Distribution of Labor: A Comparative and Multilevel Analysis." International Journal of Comparative Sociology 49(6): 395-427.
  • Kunovich, Sheri and Kazimierz M. Slomczynski. 2007. “Systems of Distribution and the Resulting Attitudes: A Multilevel Analysis of Meritocratic Attitudes in Post-Industrial Societies.” European Sociological Review 23(5): 649-663.
  • Paxton, Pamela, Sheri Kunovich, and Melanie Hughes. 2007. “Women in Politics: A Comparative Perspective.” Annual Review of Sociology 33: 263-284.
  • Kunovich, Sheri and Pamela Paxton. 2005. “Pathways to Power: The Role of Political Parties in Women’s National Political Representation.” American Journal of Sociology, 111 (2): 505-552.
  • Paxton, Pamela and Sheri Kunovich. 2003. “Women’s Political Representation: The Importance of Ideology.” Social Forces 82 (1): 87-114.
  • Kunovich, Sheri. 2003. "The Representation of Polish and Czech Women in National Politics: Predicting Electoral List Position". Comparative Politics 35 (April): 273-291.