Lisa Baldez

Professor of Government, and of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies
Academic Appointments

Professor of Government and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies

My research examines the extent to which formal institutional rules shape the possibilities for achieving gender equality. I focus on three particular sets of formal rules: human rights treaties, specifically the United Nations’ Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), gender quota laws, which require political parties to nominate female candidates for office, and the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States. In 2014, Cambridge University Press published Defying Convention: US Resistance to the UN Treaty on Women’s Rights, which examines the history of CEDAW, the reasons why the U.S. has not ratified it and what impact it might have in the U.S. if it were ratified. It won the Victoria Schuck Award in 2015. 

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Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning
B.A. Princeton University
M.A. University of California at San Diego
Ph.D. University of California at San Diego

Selected Publications

Defying Convention: The US, the UN, and the Treaty on Women’s Rights, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

2015 Victoria Schuck Award for Best Book on Women in Politics, American Political Science Association

2015 Award for Best book on Human Rights, American Political Science Association

Political Women and American Democracy: Critical Perspectives on Women and Politics Research, Christina Wolbrecht, Karen Beckwith and Lisa Baldez, eds. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Why Women Protest: Women’s Movements in Chile. New York: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Series in Comparative Politics.  2002.

"Quotas and Qualifications: The Impact of Gender Quota Laws on the Qualifications of Legislators in the Italian Parliament," with Ana Catalano Weeks. European Political Science Review. April 2014, pp 1 - 26 

“The Gender Lacuna in Comparative Politics.” Perspectives on Politics 8, 1 (March 2010): 199-205.