My interest in democratic transitions was first sparked by living in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a high school student. While studying at Brown University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, I focused on political violence, democratization, and post-war development. For the past four years, I have worked as a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, conducting research on trends in women's political participation and civic mobilization and working directly with policymakers who seek to support democratic governance around the world. My research in Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Nepal and elsewhere highlights the need to better understand patterns of resistance to women's political power in different political and institutional contexts, as well as women's response strategies. I hope to use my PhD research to shed light on these dynamics, to help ensure that increases in women's descriptive representation translate into meaningful political power.