Associate Professor of Political Science
I joined the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University in July 2012, after serving as Assistant Professor of Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis since 2005. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 2005, with a doctoral dissertation entitled Politicizing Representation: Campaigns for Candidate Gender Quotas Worldwide. It received an Honorable Mention from the American Political Science Association for the Best Dissertation on Women and Politics in 2006.
My first book, Quotas for Women in Politics: Gender and Candidate Selection Reform Worldwide, was published in 2009 by Oxford University Press. It won the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award in 2010 for the best book on women and politics. I have written scholarly articles appearing in the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, the European Journal of International Relations, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Politics & Gender, among others.
In addition, I am co-editor with Sarah Childs of Women, Gender, and Politics: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2010); with Fiona Mackay of Gender, Politics, and Institutions: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); with Susan Franceschet and Jennifer M. Piscopo of The Impact of Gender Quotas (Oxford University Press, 2012); and with John R. Bowen, Christophe Bertossi, and Jan Willem Duyvendak of European States and their Muslim Citizens: The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
My current research explores the global diffusion of electoral quotas for women and minorities, as well as the broader significance of quotas to existing dynamics of political representation. To begin the next stage of this research, I was granted a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (2010-2015). The project will develop a global database of gender quota campaigns and entail field research in nine countries investigating the impact of gender quotas on trends in candidate selection, legislative behavior, public opinion, and mass mobilization. I manage a Facebook page on Electoral Gender Quotas to facilitate the sharing of news, resources, and publications on this topic.
Since 2006, I have been co-convenor with Fiona Mackay, Louise Chappell, and Georgina Waylen of the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network. Since 2009, I have served as a Network Expert for the International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics, an online resource designed to serve the needs of elected officials, candidates, political parties, researchers, students, and other practitioners interested in advancing women in politics. Since July 2010, I have also been an Associate Editor of Politics & Gender, the official journal of the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association. In 2011, I was invited to join the American Political Science Association Task Force on Electoral Rules and Democratic Governance to examine the role of political science in configuring and refashioning electoral rules in aspiring and established democracies.
Awards I have received for my articles and papers include the Harrison Prize in 2011 from the UK Political Studies Association for the best article published in Political Studies in 2010; the Sophonisba Breckinridge Award in 2008 from the Midwest Political Science Association for a paper co-authored with Diana Z. O'Brien; and the Women's Caucus Prize in 2009 from the Northeastern Political Science Association for a paper co-authored with Farida Jalalzai. In 2009, I was also honored with an Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate Student Senate and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Washington University. In 2012, I received the inaugural Early Career Award from the Midwest Women's Caucus of the Midwest Political Science Association, for research accomplishments and contributions to the discipline.
A firm believer in engaging across the academic-practitioner divide, I have served as a consultant for a variety of civil society organizations, governments, and international organizations in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East on strategies to elect more women to political office and enhance the impact of female politicians. I also wrote the inaugural report for the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the representation of young people in national parliaments around the world, which I presented at the first IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians in 2015.
In 2008-2009, I was a Hrdy Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as well as a Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Upon finishing my Ph.D., I was an Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Bristol (2004-2005). I have also been a visiting researcher at the University of Stockholm (2001-2002), the University of Helsinki (1997-1998), the Autonomous University of Madrid (1995-1996), and the University of Oslo (1995).