Linda Mancillas

Dr. Linda Kay Mancillas

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Dr. Linda Mancillas is an assistant professor of political science in the School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College. She teaches Introduction to American Government, Honors American Government, Judicial Process, and Women & Politics courses. In 2015, Mancillas was appointed chair of the American Political Science Association Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession. Mancillas is a member of the GGC Faculty Senate, the GGC Honor’s Council, the Environmental Studies Program Committee and is faculty advisor to the GGC Democrats. She served on the SLA Dean’s search committee in 2013.

Mancillas was awarded a 2013 GGC VPASA Seed Fund Grant to study technology in the political science classroom. Her and co-author Dr. Peter Brusoe’s work, “Born Digital: Using Technology in the Political Science Classroom,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Political Science Education. Mancillas is in the process of submitting her dissertation research, "Politics and Crime: A History of America's Persistent Race to Incarcerate" and her latest work, "Back to the Future: Deconstruction of Feminist Pedagogy in the Southern College Classroom" for publication.

In 2015, Mancillas was nominated by her students for the GGC Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award and the GGC Outstanding Faculty Student Engagement Award. In 2011, Mancillas was awarded the American Political Science Association's Latino/a Caucus’ Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentoring Award for her dedication to student achievement. From 2004 to 2011, she taught classes at American University in Washington, D.C. including U.S. Politics, Latina/o Politics, and Women, Politics and Power.

Mancillas was a 2010 Women’s Research and Education Institute Congressional Fellow (WREI) working on education policy issues in the Washington, D.C. office of Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA3rd). As a doctoral student at American University, Mancillas received the campus-wide 2008 Alice Paul Award and the 2005 Women & Politics Institute’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Mancillas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in political science and in women’s studies. She was awarded the UAB Department of Government and Public Service Outstanding Undergraduate Award, the Outstanding Woman UAB Student Award, the Mary Wollstonecraft Prize and the UAB Women’s Studies Award of Excellence for her scholarship.


  • Doctorate – political science – American University
  • Master's – political science – American University
  • Graduate Certificate - women, policy, and political leadership – American University
  • Bachelor's – political science – University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bachelor's – women's studies – University of Alabama in Birmingham

Academic Interests

  • American government
  • Women and politics
  • Judicial politics
  • Latina/o politics
  • Classroom technology


  • “Women as Leaders in the Latina/o Movement,” in Karen O’Connor, ed. Gender and Women’s Leadership: A Reference Handbook (2011).
  • “Where Have the Interest Groups Gone? An Analysis of Interest Group Participation in Presidential Nominations to the Supreme Court of the States United,” Co-authored with Karen O’Connor and Alixandra B. Yanus) in Allan J. Cigler and Burdett A. Loomis, eds. 7th ed, Interest Group Politics (2007).
  • “Breast-feeding: Nurture or Nature.” Revisions: Journal of the Women’s StudiesProgram. Michigan State University, XII (Spring 2000): 9-12.


  • Chair, APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession
  • 2011 American Political Science Association's Latino/a Caucus' Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentoring Award
  • 2008 Alice Paul Award, AU
  • 2005 Women & Politics Institute’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award, AU

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