Organizers

 

Dr. Malu Gatto

Prof. Dr. Anita Gohdes

Dr. Denise Traber

Dr. Mariken van der Velden

Regula Beltran, MA

 

Dr. Malu Gatto

Malu Gatto is a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Policy Analysis at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich (UZH). Before UZH, she completed her DPhil (PhD) at the Department of Politics and IR of the University of Oxford. She is a comparativist and her work explores questions about the gendered dynamics of political behavior, representation, and policy-making with a regional focus in Latin America, especially Brazil. Her current book project tackles the puzzle of why male-dominated legislatures adopt gender quotas and offers the first theory and analysis of gender quota adoptions centered around the behavior of male legislators.

 

Prof. Dr. Anita Gohdes

Anita Gohdes is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich, and a member of the Center for Comparative and International Studies. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center and the Women and Public Policy Program in the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to that she worked at the University of Mannheim, where she obtained my PhD. Since 2009, has been working for the California-based nonprofit organization Human Rights Data Analysis Group. Anita’s research focuses on political violence, state repression and the measurement of human rights. Her work has been covered by various news outlets and appears in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Journal of Human Rights, and at Oxford University Press.

 

Dr. Denise Traber

Denise Traber is a senior research fellow (SNF Ambizione) at the University of Luzern. Previously, she was a Postdoc at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich. She studied political science, social anthropology and history at the University of Zurich and received her PhD from the University of Geneva. While completing her PhD thesis she was a visitor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Denise’s research focuses on party competition, representation, and political behavior. In her current research she is interested in how the economic context influences party competition and parties’ responsiveness to their voters. Her work appeared in West European Politics, Political Science Research and Methods, the Journal of Legislative Studies and the Swiss Political Science Review. She is also coauthor of a book on Swiss consensus democracy published by Palgrave.

 

Dr. Mariken van der Velden

Mariken van der Velden is a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Policy Analysis at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich (UZH). Before, she was a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as a part of the High Risk Politics Project and ACCESS EUROPE.  She has been a visitor at Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Oxford and at the Department of Political Science of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research interest centers on electoral behavior of voters and parties in Europe. In her doctoral thesis, titled Political Frenemies, she studied the intersection of electoral competition and elite cooperation. Focussing on how political parties navigate the tension to govern together, but compete for votes alone – the so-called coalition dilemma – her research emphasizes communication as an instrument of party competition.

 

Regula Beltran, MA

Regula Beltran has a Masters Degree in Political science from the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich. Her research interests include democratization, clientelism, social movements and gender in Latin America. More specifically, her thesis examines the policy impact of women’s advocacy groups on abortion legislation in Mexico. She has several years of work experience in the area of migration. Currently, she works as a research specialist for Country of Origin Information (COI) Latin America and the Caribbean at the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration.