Ritter specializes in studies of American politics, constitutional development, and gender politics from a historical and theoretical perspective. She also directs the Center for Women's and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, she is examining the impact of work-family issues on gender equity in the United States. Ritter has published articles, reviews and essays in numerous peer reviewed journals in law, political science, sociology, and gender studies. She has been a Faculty Fellow at Princeton University, a Liberal Arts Fellow at Harvard Law School, and has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. To learn more, read the feature ''Citizen Jane
: Constitution helps define women's civic membership and creates social roles, professor argues.''