Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Vanessa Tyson

Reader 2

Thomas Kim

Rights Information

2023 Colette P. Drinkard


This thesis challenges the association between right-wing populism and masculine stereotypes by illustrating how Sarah Palin pioneered a novel form of gendered populism. While prevailing norms link populism to male traits, Palin strategically appealed to the voter by employing traditional female archetypes. This analysis argues that Palin's approach offers a distinct and often overlooked form of populism, providing a pathway for conservative women to navigate societal constraints and attain dangerous political influence.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.