I am a political scientist at Dartmouth College. I have a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the Program in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, known as LALACS as Dartmouth. I am serving as chair of LALACS through 2016.
My research examines the extent to which formal institutional rules shape the possibilities for achieving gender equality. I focus on three particular sets of formal rules: human rights treaties, specifically the United Nations’ Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), gender quota laws, which require political parties to nominate female candidates for office, and the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States.
I have a book coming out in 2014. Defying Convention: US Resistance to the UN Treaty on Women’s Rights will be published by Cambridge University Press.