Research Expertise and Interest
gender and politics, women's political representation, politics of climate change
Amanda Clayton is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Much of her work focuses on the consequences of women’s political representation. This includes how the adoption of electoral gender quotas shapes the substantive representation of women’s interests in national legislatures and how exposure to women officeholders affects citizen behavior. Her current research examines questions related to gender and climate governance, including a book project that examines the origins of gender differences in climate attitudes worldwide.
Her work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and International Organization among other outlets. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) research group. She has also consulted for the World Bank (Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, Africa Region), USAID (Women’s Political Participation and Leadership Program), and the OECD (Public Governance Directorate). She is a founding member of EGEN and an active member of EGAP.