PhD Cornell University
Welcome to my web site! I am an Assistant Professor at the Instituto de Ciencia Política of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. I also am an associate researcher for the Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES).
I research the presidency and gender with a geographical focus on Latin America. My current projects examine the causes of female presidents: How do women win the presidency? When and why do parties sometimes nominate female instead of male presidential candidates? What traits do citizens stereotypically associate with female and male presidential candidates, and which of these traits do they value in presidents?
Another line of my research focuses on the consequences of female presidents. When and why do female presidents name more female ministers than male presidents? Why do female presidents have lower approval ratings than male presidents? How do citizens respond to women in executive office?
This body of research on the causes and consequences of women in executive office collectively integrates historical, statistical and experimental data.
My research has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Politics (twice), Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Latin American Politics and Society, Politics, Groups and Identities, the Journal of Politics in Latin America, Revista de Ciencia Política as well as in four edited volumes. My dissertation "Presidentas, Power and Pro-Women Change" won the 2017 Best Dissertation Award: APSA Women and Politics section. I am currently working on a book manuscript on how women win presidential elections.
I conducted 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.
I recently wrote an essay for the American Political Science Association's Comparative Politics newsletter on gender inequalities and presidential power worldwide. Check it out: