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Amanda is an assistant professor at the political science department at Vanderbilt University. Her research concerns political institutions, representation, and public policy, with a focus on gender and politics and a regional concentration in sub-Saharan Africa. Using survey and text data as well as field and lab experiments, her current work examines how quotas for women in politics mediate the representative process. This agenda includes measuring the effects of electoral gender quotas across a range of potential outcomes, including public attitudes and behavior towards female representatives, legislators’ behavior and priorities, and policy outcomes and government spending. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, she received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 2014, and was a Women and Public Policy Program Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.


Institution / Affiliation : Vanderbilt University

Geographical Region: Africa

Policy: Gender, Governance