Welcome to my website!
I am Assistant Professor in Latin American Politics at the Institute of the Americas at University College London (UCL) and Global Fellow at the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. Previously, I was a post-doctoral researcher (Oberassistentin) at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich.
My current book project tackles the puzzle of why male-dominated legislatures adopt gender quotas and offers the first theory and analysis of gender quota adoptions centered around the behavior of male legislators.
More generally, my work explores questions about political behavior, representation, policy-making, and gender and politics with a regional focus on Latin America, especially Brazil. For example, I am currently developing projects on the impact of Dilma Rousseff's impeachment to women in politics in Brazil; the ways in which informal recruitment and appointment practices affect women's political presence; and, the gendered consequences of political dynasties. You can read more about my ongoing projects and publications here.
I have also provided analysis on Brazilian politics and women’s political representation for, among others, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, and El País. These can be seen here.
I was born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. I completed my doctoral studies at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford (DPhil, 2016). I also hold an MSc in Politics Research (2012) from Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, and a BA (2011) from Barnard College, Columbia University.