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 work explores questions about political behavior, representation, policy-making, and gender and politics with a regional focus on Latin America, especially Brazil. For example, my book manuscript tackles the puzzle of why and how male-dominated legislatures adopt gender quotas. I am also currently developing projects on the impact of Dilma Rousseff's impeachment to women in politics in Brazil; the gendered and racialized dynamics of vote-buying; and the political prospects of women, Black, and LGBTQI+ first-time candidates in Brazilian elections. You can read more about my ongoing projects here.


My work has been published or is forthcoming at Comparative Political Studies, Party PoliticsDemocratization, and Politics & Gender, among others. You can access my publications here.

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 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