Joyce Gelb

Professor Emeritus

Main Affiliation

Political Science

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs


NAC 4/143C

Joyce Gelb

Joyce Gelb


Professor Gelb retired at the end of the spring 2009 semester. She has amply earned her Emeritus status after over forty years of distinguished service to the Department, City College, and the Graduate Center. Professor Gelb remains an active scholar, however, and recently published:Women and Politics around the World: A Comparative History and Survey (ABC-CLIO). Professor Gelb also recently participated in a global conference at the University of Venice. A paper on women and politics in Japan and Taiwan is in press in a Palgrave Macmillian publication. She has also recently appeared on Al Jazeera, the Japanese Kyodo News and Japan Times, in each case discussing issues related to women in Japan, including stalking and sexual harassment. She is currently on a fellowship form the Taiwan government to research women in the executive branch of the Taiwanese government.

Research Interests

Women's movements and public policy impact in comparative perspective; special focus on U.S., Japan, and England.



“Gender Equality Policy in Japan” in Sage Handbook on Japanese Studies. Ed. James Babb. London: Sage, 2015.
Review article, Journal of Women's Policy Research 36 (2014): 128-31.
Gender Policies in Japan and the United States: Comparing Women's Movements Rights and Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
“Feminist Politics in a Hostile Environment: Obstacles and Opportunities.” How Do Social Movements Matter. Ed. by Giugni, McAdam and Tilly. Univ of Minn Press, 1999.
Women of Japan and Korea. Temple, 1994.
Feminism and Politics. California, 1989.
Women and Public Policies. Princeton: UV Press, 1982, 1987, 1996.
Talks And Interviews
Sept 11, 2015, quoted in the NYT in an article on Women in Taiwanese politics.
2015, quoted on women’s employment in Japan by Rick Katz in the Oriental Economist. 
July 2015, spoke at the International Public Policy Conference in Milan on gender equality policy in Japan and Taiwan.
August 2014, gave paper on "Gender Policy and Leadership : Comparing Japan and Taiwan" 
Venice, forthcoming in Gender and Democracy, Ed. Hawksworth and Vianello, Palgrave Maclmillan, 2015.
July 2014, gave paper in "Child Care in the US Military: Model for the US and other Nations?" International Political Science Assn, Montreal, Canada.
July 13, 2014, interviewed by Japanese media on stalking and sexual harassment; appeared on Japanese television regarding the former with a panel, interview was reported in Kyodo News and the Japan Times.
June 2014, participated in conference "Crossing Borders" Stocklholm, Sweden.
June 2014, gave a lecture on women in Politics in Japan and Taiwan, SOAS (Oriental and Asian Studies ) University of London.
Oct-Dec 2014, Taiwan Fellow, spent 2 1/2 months in Taiwan doing research on women in the executive branch.
See more HERE.


Additional Information

 Ph.D. New York University, 1969