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United States
Indiana University
women and politics; gender and politics; political parties; party leadership; cabinets; executive branch; policy representation; party manifestos; gender quotas
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About Me

Diana Z. O’Brien is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University. Her research interests include women and politics, representation, political parties and institutions, European politics, research methods, and quantitative methodology. Her work generally addresses two principle questions concerning women and political institutions. First, when do women access institutions from which they have historically been excluded? Second, what are the broader consequences of women’s presence in these institutions? She has published or have forthcoming articles on these topics in journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Politics, Politics & Gender, Comparative Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Recent Publications

Greene, Zachary and Diana Z. O’Brien. “Diverse Parties, Diverse Agendas? The Parliamentary Party’s Role in Platform Formation.” Accepted for publication at the European Journal of Political Research.

O’Brien, Diana Z. and Johanna Rickne. Forthcoming. “Gender Quotas and Women’s Access to Leadership Posts.” American Political Science Review.

O’Brien, Diana Z., Matthew Mendez, Jordan Carr Peterson, and Jihyun Shin. 2015. “Letting Down the Ladder or Shutting the Door: Female Prime Ministers, Party Leaders, and Cabinet Members.” Politics & Gender 11(4): 689-717.

O’Brien, Diana Z. 2015. “Rising to the Top: Gender, Political Performance, and Party Leadership in Advanced Industrial Democracies.” American Journal of Political Science 59(4): 1022-1039.

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Country Focus
Established democracies; Western Europe

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