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UCL School of Public Policy

The Rubin Building, 29/31 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9QU


2012- 2016      PhD, Political Science, University College London

Funding: Economic and Social Research Council

Supervisors: Dr Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson and Professor Meg Russell

Thesis: The Intersectional Effects of Candidate Race and Gender on News Coverage of Political Campaigns in the UK and US

 2008-2010       MA Gender Studies (Distinction), University College London

Funding: National Alliance of Women’s Organisations

Supervisor: Dr Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson

Dissertation (Research Pathway): Race and Gender in Coverage of the 2008 Clinton-Obama Democratic Nomination Contest

2002-2007       MA (Undergraduate, 2:1 with Honours), Scandinavian Studies and Art History, University of Edinburgh 

 External and Visiting Appointments

2016               Research Specialist, Case Study on Tonga’s Women in Leadership Coalition      and Advocacy for the Ratification of CEDAW in Tonga, Pacific Leadership Program

2015                Research Assistant: London School of Economics – Gender, Inequality and        Power Commission

2015                Visiting Scholar: Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

2015                Research Assistant: Bournemouth University and Fawcett Society – Women  and the UK 2015 General Election

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

(Forthcoming) “Intersectionality and Press Coverage of Political Campaigns: Representations of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Female Candidates at the UK 2010 General Election”, International Journal of Press/Politics

(Forthcoming) “Are you tough enough?’ Performing gender in the UK leadership debates 2015”, Media, Culture & Society, with Emily Harmer & Heather Savigny

(2016) “Seeing Double: Race, Gender and Coverage of Minority Women’s Campaigns for the US House of Representatives”, Politics & Gender, volume 12, issue 02, pp. 317-343.

 Book Chapters

(2016) “Media framing of Black women’s campaigns for the US House of Representatives in 2012” in Distinct Identities: Minority Women In US Politics, Eds. Nadia E. Brown & Sarah Allen Gershon, London: Routledge

(2014) “The 2009 British MPs’ Expenses Scandal: Origins, Evolution and Consequences” in The Political Costs of the 2009 British MPs’ Expenses Scandal, Ed. Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson, co-authored with Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

 Policy Reports

(2016) Case Study: The Women in Leadership coalition – lessons learned on thinking and working politically and advocacy for the ratification of CEDAW in Tonga, for Pacific Leadership Program/ DFAT, (with Jennifer vanHeerde–Hudson)

(2015) Contributor, Confronting Gender Inequality, LSE Gender Inequality & Power Commission, Co-directors: Nicola Lacey and Diane Perrons

(2015) Election Analysis Funded by Fawcett Society, co-authored with Heather Savigny (Bournemouth University), covered by The Guardian and discussed by the APPG for Women in Parliament

(2014) Contributor, Education Beyond the Straight and Narrow, National Union of Students

Awards and Scholarships

2016                Departmental Teaching Award, UCL

2016                UCL School of Public Policy Summer School Scholarship (£1500)

2015                ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit Scholarship (£3000)

2012-2015     ESRC PhD Studentship (£16000 per annum + fees)

2013                 UCL School of Public Policy Summer School Scholarship (£400)

2010                 Women’s Campaign School at Yale partial fee scholarship ($250)

2008-2010     National Alliance of Women’s Organisations MA fees scholarship (£2000)

2005                 Prize for best Scandinavian Literature essay, University Of Edinburgh

2004                 Swedish Institute Scholarship, Advanced Swedish Language Training

Invited Talks

18.11.2015      Keynote: “Signs of Progress, Framing BAME Women at the 2010 General Election”, Bournemouth University

10.04.2015      “Politics and Intersectionality”, Get Out the Vote, New York City

27.03.2015      “Gender and Descriptive Representation”, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

09.03.2015      “Intersectional Stereotypes and Political Campaigns by African American Women”, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

24.11.2014      ”More Women Can Run”, London School of Economic Institute of Public Affairs

Conference Presentations

 Signs of Progress: BAME Women at the 2010 General Election, Politics & Policy Conference, September 15th-15th 2015, Bristol

Framing Conservative BAME Women, Rethinking Right-Wing Women Conference, June 29th-30th 2015, University of Oxford

 Figuring BAME Women in British Politics, Doing Justice to Figures and Figuration, June 9th 2015, London School of Economics

National and State-wide Newspaper Coverage of Minority Female House Candidates at the U.S. 2012 General Election, American Political Science Association 2014 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

A Double Disadvantage? The Double Bind and News Coverage of Minority Ethnic Women as Parliamentary Candidates, ECPR 2013 General Conference, Bordeaux


 05.2014           “Twitter oblivious to Farage’s media mauling as EU polls open”, with Javier Sajuria (UCL), The Conversation

10.2010           “Should Women be Given a Shortcut to the Top?” Cosmopolitan Magazine

10.2010           “Gender Quotas in the Shadow Cabinet”, LBC Radio interview

Teaching & Supervision

2014-2016       Masters dissertation supervision, Department of Political Science, University College London

Spring 2016    Teaching Fellow in Qualitative Research Methods, Department of Political Science, University College London

Autumn 2014  Teaching Fellow in Quantitative Research Methods, Department of Political Science, University College London

Spring 2014    Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Qualitative Research Methods, Department of Political Science, University College London

Academic Service & Volunteering

2015                Mentor, Department of Political Science, UCL

2013-2015       Chair, Postgraduate Network, UK Political Studies Association

2013-2014       Student Academic Representative, School of Public Policy, UCL

Conferences Convened

2016                Co-convener, One Day Symposium: Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe, University of Edinburgh. Funded by British Sociological Association Race and Ethnicity Study Group; European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Gender and Politics; PSA Women in Politics Group; University of Edinburgh Global Justice Academy; Herriot Watt University; and UK and Ireland Feminist and Women’s Studies Association.

2014                Co-convener: PSA Postgraduate Network Professional Development Conference, University College London

2013                Co-convener: PSA Postgraduate Network Annual Conference, University of Oxford

Additional Training

2016                Experimental Methods Summer School, Essex/Nuffield CESS

2014                Arena One Gateway Teaching Workshop, UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching

2013                European Consortium for Political Research, Content Analysis Methods School, University of Ljubljana

2010                Women’s Campaign School at Yale, Yale University

Prior Professional Employment & Experience

2012                Diary and Correspondence Co-ordinator to Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

2011                Research Internship, UCL Constitution Unit

2011                Gender and Politics Research Internship, the Hansard Society

2010                Coordinator, National Alliance of Women’s Organisations

IT and Language Skills

 Quantitative data analysis: Stata (excellent), R (basic);  Nvivo (excellent); Lexico 3, (basic).

Languages: English (native), Swedish (excellent), Norwegian and Danish (sufficient for research purposes).