© 2016 MALU A. C. GATTO

Welcome to my website!


I am Assistant Professor of 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 book manuscript (under review) tackles the puzzle of why male-dominated legislatures adopt gender quotas and offers the first theory and analysis of gender quota adoptions centred around the behaviour 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; the gendered consequences of political dynasties; and the impact of local-level policies on tackling violence against women. You can read more about my ongoing projects and publications here.


I value public engagement and have provided analysis on Brazilian politics and women’s political representation for, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the BBCEl País, and other media outlets. These can be accessed here


I am also co-founder and co-organiser of the Summer School for Women in Political Methodology, a competitive fellowship programme to help close gender gaps in the profession by strengthening the methodological skills and professional network of early career women.


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.


Email: m.gatto@ucl.ac.uk 

Twitter: @malugatto