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Dartmouth College
gender and politics, Latin America, Cuba, United States, human rights, United Nations, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
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My research examines the extent to which formal institutional rules shape the possibilities for achieving gender equality. I focus on three particular sets of formal rules: human rights treaties, specifically the United Nations’ Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), gender quota laws, which require political parties to nominate female candidates for office, and the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States. In 2014, Cambridge University Press published Defying Convention: US Resistance to the UN Treaty on Women’s Rights, which examines the history of CEDAW, the reasons why the U.S. has not ratified it and what impact it might have in the U.S. if it were ratified.

Recent Publications

Defying Convention: The US, the UN, and the Treaty on Women’s Rights, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Quotas and Qualifications: The Impact of Gender Quota Laws on the Qualifications of Legislators in the Italian Parliament,” with Ana Catalano Weeks. European Political Science Review. April 2014, pp 1 – 26

“The Gender Lacuna in Comparative Politics.” Perspectives on Politics 8, 1 (March 2010): 199-205.

Political Women and American Democracy: Critical Perspectives on Women and Politics Research, Christina Wolbrecht, Karen Beckwith and Lisa Baldez, eds. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

“Does the U.S. Constitution Need an Equal Rights Amendment?” with L Epstein and A D Martin, The Journal of Legal Studies , 35:1 (2006) 243-283.

Why Women Protest: Women’s Movements in Chile. New York: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Series in Comparative Politics.  2002.


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