Research and Publications

At PT's nomination of Dilma Rouseff


*Links are to the journals or books where the publications are located. If you do not have access to these journals or books, please contact me.

“A Law on Paper Only: Electoral Rules, Parties, and the Persistent     Underrepresentation of Women in Brazilian Legislatures,” with Kristin Wylie. Politics & Gender 12 (3). [Link to article]

[Book Review] “Inclusion without Representation in Latin America: Gender Quotas and Ethnic Reservations.” Mala Htun. Latin American Politics and Society 58 (4).

“The Dilma Effect? Women’s Representation under Dilma Rousseff’s Presidency,” with Farida Jalalzai. Politics & Gender 11 (1): 117-145, 2015. [Link to article]

[Book Chapter] "A Woman’s Place is in the Presidency: Dilma, Marina, and Women’s Representation in Brazil” with Farida Jalalzai. In The Drama of Brazilian Politics (2014). Edited by Ted Goertzel. KDP

[Book Chapter] “The Mother of Brazil: Gender Roles, Campaign Strategy, and the Election of Brazil’s First Female President,” With Farida Jalalzai. In Women in Politics and the Media in Emerging Democracies (2014). Edited by Maria Raicheva Stover and Elza Ibrocheva. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

[Book Review] “The Impact of Gender Quotas.” Edited by Susan Fransechet, Mona Lena Krook, and Jennifer Piscopo. America Latina Hoy 66, 2014. [Link to article]

“The Rise (and Frequent Fall) of Evangelical Politicians: Organization, Theology, and Church Politics,” with Gary S. Reich. Latin American Politics and Society 55(4), 2013. [Link to article] 

[Book Review] “Political Power and Women's Representation in Latin America.” Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer. Journal of Women, Politics and Policy 33 (1), 2012. [Link to article]

Research Projects:

I am currently focusing my research on three somewhat related aspects of the issue of women's representation in Brazil.

  • The Role of Institutions in the Under-Representation of Women in Brazilian Legislatures: Using Historical Institutionalism to explore the ways in which the Brazilian political system has systematically put women at a disadvantage when vying for elected office. This research agenda includes a detailed discussion of the institutional aspects that made the 1996 Brazilian quota law virtually unenforceable and how the 2009 mini-political reform sought to solve some of the key issues surrounding the quota law.
  • Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's First Female President: Does the election of a woman president affect various aspects of female representation in a country? Using the 2010 election of Dilma Rousseff to Brazil's presidency, we seek to explore what impact this election (and her administration) had (and has) on the descriptive, substantive, and symbolic representation of women in Brazil's political system.