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I joined PoLIS in January 2018. Before joining the University of Bath, I was a College Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University, where I lectured and conducted research. I was also a Research Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2016-2017. I have a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University, an MSc in Comparative Politics (Europe) from the LSE, and an AB in Government from Dartmouth College. 

My research interests include gender and politics, political representation, and political parties, with a regional concentration in Western Europe. My book, Making Gender Salient: From Gender Quota Laws to Policy, was published in 2022 by Cambridge University Press as part of the Cambridge Studies in Gender and Politics series. My research has appeared in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Comparative Political StudiesEuropean Political Science Review, and Political Behavior.

My project on "The Political Consequences of the Mental Load" is the recipient of the 2020 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics and the 2023 Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association's Women, Gender and Politics research section. This survey-based research sheds new light on often hidden gender gaps in cognitive household labor and how this "mental load" impacts men's and women's political engagement. You can view a talk I gave on the political consequences of the mental load here

My article, "Why Are Gender Quota Laws Adopted by Men? The Role of Inter- and Intraparty Competition", was the recipient of the 2018 Pi Sigma Alpha / Franklin L. Burdette Prize for the best paper presented at the previous year’s meeting of the American Political Science Association, and the Sage Award for the best paper developing or applying qualitative methods from the APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section. You can read an article about it in Maclean's here.

My research on "Ambitious Women: Gender and Voter Perceptions of Candidate Ambition" (with Sparsha Saha) was covered by several media outlets in 2020, including Fortune and the New York Times

Other projects I am excited to be working on now explore women and gender in populist radical right parties, public support for different types of positive action measures and gender-egalitarian policies more broadly, and the impacts of gender quota laws on women's executive power worldwide.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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