Jennifer M. Piscopo

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My research examines how, when, and why governments adopt policies that advance gender equality and protect women’s rights. Women in elected and appointed offices play key roles in these processes, since they are more likely than men to prioritize gender equality legislation.

The Left and Gender Equality: Achievements, Setbacks and Variation after Latin America’s Pink Tide (co-edited with Merike Blofield and Christina Ewig). 2017. Social Politics 24 (4).

“Protecting Public Health in Adverse Circumstances: Subnational Women Leaders and Feminist Policymaking During COVID-19” (co-authored with Malliga Och). 2021. Gender and Development 29 (1-2): 547-568. 

“Corporate Quotas and Symbolic Politics in Advanced Democracies” (co-authored with Susan Clark Muntean). 2018. Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 39 (3): 285-309.

“The Reactive Left: Gender Equality and the Latin American Pink Tide” (co-authored with Merike Blofield and Christina Ewig). 2017. Social Politics 24 (4): 345-369.

“States as Gender Equality Activists: The Expansion of Quota Laws in Latin America.” 2015. Latin American Politics and Society 57 (3): 29-42.  [pre-print]

“Female Leadership and Sexual Health Policy in Argentina.” 2014. Latin American Research Review 49 (1): 104-127. 

“Federalism, Decentralization, and Reproductive Rights in Argentina and Chile” (co-authored with Susan Franceschet). 2013. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 3 (1): 129-15.

“Reproducing Hierarchies at the APSA Annual Meeting: Patterns of Panel Attendance by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity” (co-authored with Christina Xydias, Amy Atchison, and Malliga Och). 2023. PS: Political Science 56 (1): 61-68.  

“Equality, Democracy, and the Broadening and Deepening of Gender Quotas” (co-authored with Susan Franceschet). 2013. Politics & Gender 9 (3): 310-316. 

“Motherhood and Politics in Latin America: Continuity and Change” (co-authored with Susan Franceschet and Gwynn Thomas). 2017. In Mothers and Others: The Impact of Parenthood on Politics, Amanda Bittner and Melanee Thomas, eds. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 64-86.

“Challenging Gender Inequality within the State: Policy Agencies and Quota Laws in Latin America” (co-authored with Gwynn Thomas). 2017. In Women, Politics, and Democracy in Latin America, Tomáš Došek, Flavia Freidenberg, Mariana Caminotti, and Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, eds. New York: Palgrave, 69-87. 

“Leveraging Informality, Rewriting Formal Rules: The Implementation of Gender Parity in Mexico.” 2017. In Gender and Informal Institutions, Georgina Waylen, ed. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 137-160.  [pre-print]

“Quota Laws and Women’s Political Rights: Positive Actions for Gender Equality in Latin America.” 2016. In Democracy and its Discontents in Latin America, Joe Foweraker and Dolores Trevizo, eds. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 149-169. 

“Men’s Gendered Interests and Conservatism in the Argentine Congress.” 2014. In Gender, Conservatism, and Political Representation, Sarah Childs and Karen Celis, eds. Essex, UK: ECPR Press, 209-227. 

“Gender Quotas and Equity Promotion in Mexico.” 2011. In The Diffusion of Gender Quotas: Latin America and Beyond, Adriana Piatti Crocker, ed. New York: Peter Lang, 36-52.