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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, is coming out with CUP's Cambridge Studies in Gender and Politics series in July of 2022. My work has appeared or is forthcoming 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. I am excited to carry out this survey research, which also aims to investigate how the pandemic has furthered existing gender gaps in cognitive labor. 

My 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 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

Other projects I am excited to be working on now explore the effects of corporate board gender quotas on workplace policies, the causes and consequences of women's inclusion in populist radical right parties, and the public legitimacy of different types of positive action measures.

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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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