Ana Weeks

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20092020

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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 manuscript (under review) examines whether and how political gender quota laws affect policy outcomes. Quota laws require all parties in a country to include a certain percentage of women in their candidate lists, and they now exist in over fifty countries. Do they matter to outcomes, or are they just `window dressing'? Other projects I am excited to be working on now explore gender gaps in policy preferences in advanced democracies, voter perceptions of ambitious women in politics, the far right and rejection of 'identity politics', and the impact of corporate board quota laws on workplace policies. 

My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Comparative Political StudiesEuropean Political Science Review, Political BehaviorPolitical Research Quarterly, and Politics & Gender.

My recent article, "Why Are Gender Quota Laws Adopted by Men? The Role of Inter- and Intraparty Competition", is 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 presented at the 2017 APSA meeting from the APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section. You can read an article about it in Maclean's here.

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

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