I am Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for Research and Scholarship at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. My research on gender and women’s political representation and participation has appeared in over twenty peer-reviewed journals, including The American Journal of Political Science, Politics & Gender, and Comparative Political Studies, and numerous edited volumes. I co-edit the academic journal Politics, Groups, and Identities and consult regularly for international organizations. Recently for UN Women, I co-authored two reports on women leaders and COVID-19 response and recovery. A frequent commentator in the domestic and international media, my public-facing writing on women and political empowerment has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Review, Ms. Magazine, and The Smithsonian. I received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and my M. Phil. in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge.