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I am Associate Professor of Latin American Politics at the Institute of the Americas at University College London (UCL). I am currently on research leave from UCL as Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. 


My work explores questions about political behaviour, representation, policy-making, and gender and politics with a regional focus on Latin America, especially Brazil. My research has been published at Comparative Political Studies, the British Journal of Political ScienceParty PoliticsDemocratization, and Politics & Gender, among others. 

I value public engagement and have provided analysis on Brazilian politics and women’s political representation for The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, the BBCEl País, and other media outlets. These can be accessed 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. Before joining UCL, I was a post-doctoral researcher (Oberassistentin) at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich.



Twitter: @malugatto

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