PhD Candidate. Rice University.
I am a PhD candidate at Rice University in the Department of Political Science. My current research investigates women’s representation in Latin America with a specific focus on how institutions condition the behavior of female legislators once they are elected. Specifically, I am interested in exploring how constituent preferences, electoral systems, party ideology, and the institutional marginalization women face within legislatures condition their ability to translate their descriptive presence in these institutions into substantive policies that benefit women's interests. I examine this variation in women's substantive representation by applying novel methodological techniques to investigate these questions of representation.