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Hilde Coffe


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Research interests

I am Professor in Politics at the University of Bath since September 2018. I previously held positions at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Utrecht University and Victoria University of Wellington. I have also been a visiting scholar at various institutions, including the University of California Berkeley and Irvine, the University of Sydney, the Åbo Akademi University and the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. I am associate editor of Gender and Politics.

My main research interests include political behaviour, public opinion, political representation, and gender and politics. One strand of my current works investigates citizens' support (in New Zealand and Germany) for initiatives to increase the political representation of women and ethnic minorities, e.g. through the introduction of quotas. I am also involved in an international research project looking at intraparty competition: Within the scope of this project, I am (together with Iulia Cioroianu) looking at political candidates' social networks and (with Åsa von Schoultz) at the effect of candidates' characteristics on voters' support for candidates. Other research projects focus on political representatives, with one study (together with Louise Davidson-Schmich) examining gender and political ambition and another study (together with Åsa von Schoultz) investigating the way that political candidates campaign and how that affects their electoral success. 

External positions

Honorary Research Associate, Victoria University of Wellington

1 Jul 2018 → …

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Research Output 2014 2019

Gender, gendered personality traits and radical right populist voting

Coffe, H., 1 May 2019, In : Politics. 39, 2, p. 170-185 16 p.

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Parties, issues and power: Women’s partisan representation on German parliamentary committees

Coffe, H., Bolzendahl, C. & Schnellecke, K., 30 Jun 2019, In : European Journal of Politics and Gender. 2, 2, p. 257-281 25 p.

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Public Support for Increasing Women and Minority MPs

Bolzendahl, C. & Coffé, H., 13 Jun 2019, In : Politics and Gender.

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The gendered political ambition cycle in mixed member electoral systems.

Coffe, H. & Davidson-Schmich, L., 1 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Politics and Gender.

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