Jennifer Piscopo, Ph.D.

Occidental College

City: Los Angeles, California - 90041

Country: United States

About Me:

Jennifer M. Piscopo is Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College. Her research on representation, gender quotas, and legislative institutions in Latin America has appeared in thirteen peer-reviewed journals, including The American Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, Social Politics, Comparative Political StudiesPolitics & Gender, The Latin American Research Review and Latin American Politics and Society. With Susan Franceschet and Mona Lena Krook, she is editor of The Impact of Gender Quotas (Oxford University Press, 2012). She has held visiting fellowships at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. She has extensive research and travel experience in Latin America. Her consultancies include projects for UN Women, UNDP, and national governments, and her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, among others. A Gates Cambridge Scholar, she received her M.Phil. in Latin American Studies with distinction from the University of Cambridge in 2003, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, in 2011. 

Research Interests

Gender and Politics

Latin American And Caribbean Politics

Legislative Politics

Elections, Election Administration, and Voting Behavior

Political Parties and Interest Groups

Countries of Interest



Costa Rica


Media Appearances:


(2018) The New York Times

Op-ed: "Latin America's female leadership void."

(2018) The Los Angeles Times

Op-ed: "Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have a problem: They're all men."

(2018) The Washington Post

Op-ed: "Women won big in Mexico's Elections"