Jennifer M. Piscopo

Jennifer Piscopo

Royal Holloway University of London

Professor of Gender and Politics

Department of Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy

Translating my research into action is a top priority. I advise policymakers, think tanks, and international organizations on the evidence-based practices that boost women’s political participation and advance gender equality.

I have led projects for UN Women, United Cities and Local Government, and the Gender Equity Policy Institute, among others. My commentary and analyses have appeared in The Washington Post, NPR, and The Boston Review

In addition to talking about women, gender, and elections worldwide, I also talk about U.S. politics for international outlets like CNN Chile and Peru’s La Republica, and about Latin American politics for U.S. outlets like The Journal of Democracy and the Democracy Nerd podcast. 

Women are underrepresented in politics across the globe. My research explains why women’s exclusion matters and how it can change. 

I am a leading expert on the adoption, design, and implementation of electoral gender quotas– laws that require political parties to run certain proportions of women candidates. 

I also study when political parties nominate women, when and why women run for office, and how having women in office matters for gender equality. More recently, my work tackles women’s leadership during crisis response and recovery.

Featured Presentation: Cambridge Festival