Research

My current research projects include (check out New! page for papers):

  • Logics of Gender Justice. Laurel Weldon and my book on when and why government’s take action to expand women’s rights was published in March 2018. We received support from the National Science Foundation for the research.
  • Effects of mandatory, universal sexual misconduct training at UNM. Following a three-year agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, UNM agreed to adopt numerous reforms, including mandatory, in-person training of all 27,000 students. Through field experiments, participant observation, and interviews, this project explores the effects of the agreement, and the training, on campus climate and attitudes. Collaborators include Theresa Cruz (UNM Pediatrics), Jessica Goodkind (UNM Sociology), Liz Hutchison (UNM History), Francesca Jensenius (Oslo, Political Science), Justine Tinkler (Georgia, Sociology), Carlos Contreras (UNM Political Science), and Melanie Sonntag (UNM Political Science). This project received a seed grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  • Laws and women’s economic agency. Francesca Jensenius and I are studying the relationship between legal frameworks, social norms, and women’s agency across the world. We focus in depth on experiences of the U.S., Japan, and Norway to explore differences in what empowerment means, the role of the state in promoting it, and the effects of state action on society. With Melanie Sayuri Sonntag, we have conducted research on men’s liberation and women’s agency in Japan. With Liv Tønnessen, we are organizing a special issue for Social Politics. This project received support from the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and a grant from the Norwegian Research Council.
  • Violence against Women in Mexico. Jensenius and I explore the effects of Mexico’s Law to Guarantee a Life Free from Violence on patterns of victimization, women’s willingness to report violence, and their reasons for not reporting. We analyze waves of the official survey on Dynamics of Household Relations (ENDIREH).
  • Laws, Norms, and Gender Equality in Myanmar. Using survey data and interviews in the field, Jensenius and I explore the resilience of traditional attitudes about gender and how the political transition created opportunities for both gender equality advocates and their opponents to mobilize and exert influence on elected politicians.
  • Gender, race, and professional advancement in STEM. The ADVANCE at UNM program funded by NSF involves a research component on whether Dobbin and Kalev’s “managerial engagement” model of diversity promotion works in the university context. Kathleen Thelen and Alvin Tillery and I put these ideas into practice at the 2018 APSA Hackathon.  Yusaku Horiuchi, John Carey and I (with others) studied faculty hiring preferences using conjoint analysis, and Michael Chwe and I (with others) wrote a paper about the biases of Google Scholar and other citation counts.
  • Diversity and inclusion in political science. The APSA Task Force involves research projects on publications, a cohort study, a mentoring intervention, and inclusion and outreach. We conducted a survey of APSA members on their views toward top journals in the profession to explore differences by gender, race, and method. You can see the working paper under New!.