PhD Cornell University
Welcome to my web site! I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) and an Associate Researcher at ICSO Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile.
I research the presidency and gender with a regional focus on Latin America, and I use historical, statistical and experimental methods. My dissertation "Presidentas, Power and Pro-Women Change" won the 2017 Best Dissertation Award: APSA Women and Politics section.
My work has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, Politics, Groups and Identities and the Journal of Politics in Latin America as well as in four edited volumes. I summarize parts of my research agenda in an essay for the Comparative Politics Spring 2017 newsletter http://comparativenewsletter.com/.
I describe some of my ongoing research in this Spanish-language interview: http://www.icso.cl/noticias/catherine-reyes-housholder-describe-su-proyecto-de-investigacion-sobre-presidencia-y-genero-en-america-latina/.
I completed fieldwork in Brazil and Chile in 2015 thanks to a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. I also conducted research in Uruguay as a Fulbright undergraduate fellow in 2008.
To learn more about female presidents in Latin America, check out this recent interview in Página 12: