Political Participation

The Gender and Political Opportunity area integrates the study of gender and politics to understand gender dynamics in political action, discourse and within governmental structures. This area examines research of representation and participation within political structures to discover which practices yield the most effective results regarding gender equity. The goal is to share these strategies that enable women to participate and succeed in politics.


Selected Research

Beaman, Lori, Esther Duflo, Rohini Pande, and Petia Topalova. "Female Leadership Raises Aspirations and Educational Attainment for Girls: A Policy Experiment in India." Science 335.6068 (February 2012): 582-586.

Mansbridge, Jane. "Clarifying the Concept of Representation." American Political Science Review 105.3 (August 2011): 621-630.

Norris, Pippa. "Gender Equality in Elected Office in Asia Pacific: Six Actions to Expand Women’s Empowerment." UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (2012)


Student Training Program

From Harvard Square to the Oval Office (Oval Office)

A Political Campaign Practicum

A non-partisan year long program which provides a select group of Harvard graduate students with the training and support they need to ascend in the electoral process at the local, state and national levels. Ultimately, our goal is to fill the political pipeline with women, correcting the large-scale gender imbalance and striving towards equal representation in government.

Upcoming seminars