December 23, 2021

Margo (Margaret) Gordon

A groundbreaking scholar and accomplished administrator, Margo Gordon, was recruited to the University of Washington, where she became the first female Dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs (now known as the Evans School) in 1988.

In her own pioneering research, Gordon focused on women’s attitudes toward rape and their adaptive behaviors. At the Evans School, she taught news media and public policy, as well as race, ethnicity, and public policy. Gordon’s research focused on the public’s declining trust in government, the news media and public policy, and women’s fear and self-protective behaviors.

She stepped down as dean in 1998 to continue her research and teaching.

Margo passed away on April1, 2021 at the age of 81.

Margo Gordon