Research

Doctoral research

Focusing on the UK, my doctoral research examines the importance of gender stereotypes for shaping the behaviour of both politicians and voters in the UK. In my first PhD paper, "No Longer Conforming to Stereotypes? Gender, Political Style, and Parliamentary Debate in the UK" (joint with Jack Blumenau, accepted for publication, British Journal of Political Science), we identify a key limitation of prior work on debating style: that existing work has not considered how gendered patterns of style vary over time. We describe novel quantitative text analysis approaches for measuring a diverse set of styles at scale in parliamentary debates, and show how patterns have changed between 1997 and 2019. We find that while gender stereotypes were once accurate descriptions of men's and women's styles, they no longer are.

In my second PhD paper, "Man, 'I Feel Like a Woman': Men's Strategic Representation of Women's Interests", I seek to identify when and why men substantively represent women's interests in parliamentary debate. Introducing a concept of strategic substantive representation, I argue, and test empirically, that men stand to be rewarded electorally for this behaviour and will further women's interests at times when it is most visible to voters.

In my final PhD paper, "A Double Standard? Gender Bias in Voters' Perceptions of Political Arguments", I use survey experimental methods to identify whether stereotypes inform the judgements voters make when they perceive and evaluate political arguments, and whether politicians incur backlash when violating these stereotypes.

Publications

"No Longer Conforming to Stereotypes? Gender, Political Style, and Parliamentary Debate in the UK", with Jack Blumenau
Accepted, British Journal of Political Science (2021)

"The Gendered Debate: Do Men and Women Communicate Differently in the House of Commons?", with Tone Langengen
Politics & Gender (Forthcoming, 2020)

"Marion Fellows" Chapter in The Honourable Ladies: Volume II Profiles of Women MPs 1997–2019. (eds. Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith, 2019)

Ongoing projects

"Working Hard or Hardly Working? Gender and Voter Evaluations of Legislator Productivity", with Jessica C. Smith

"A Double Standard? Gender Bias in Voters' Perceptions of Political Arguments"

"Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: Deliberation in a Polarised Setting", with Alan Renwick, Rebecca McKee and Graham Smith

"Man, 'I Feel Like a Woman': Men's Strategic Representation of Women's Interests"

"Familiar Issues: The Effect of Parenthood on Politicians' Issue Prioritisation"