Elin Bjarnegård is Associate Professor in Political Science and Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the Department of Government at Uppsala University in Sweden. She is also affiliated to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Dr. Bjarnegård’s research and teaching interests span the field of comparative politics with a particular focus on gender. She is presently involved in three different research projects and she is responsible for the course "Development Policy in Practice".
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I am an Associate Professor in Political Science and a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the Department Government at Uppsala University. I am also associated to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. My research and teaching interests span the field of comparative politics with a particular focus on gender; including the impact of parties, electoral laws, and networks on political recruitment, the role of informal institutions in politics, the explicit gendering of men and masculinities, the adoption of gender equality policies, and the attitudes to and dynamics of violence during conflict. I am presently involved in three different research projects using different types of methods and with empirical foci ranging from large and medium-n analyses to case studies of Myanmar and Cambodia.
I am is responsible for the one-year introductory course for PhD students at the Department of Government. I also teach the course Gender, Power, and Institutions and supervise both undergraduate and graduate students. I have a long experience of teaching methodology courses.
Between 2011 and 2014, I was the Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Committee at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University. I now refer to my successor Pär Zetterberg at the Department of Government for questions relating to this role.
I am one of the organizers of the European Conference on Gender and Politics (ECPG) in Uppsala June 11-13,2015.
I am a board member of the Association of Women Researchers at Uppsala University (Föreningen för kvinnliga forskare).
I earned my doctorate in 2010 and my dissertation was entitled Men in Politics. Revisiting Patterns of Gendered Parliamentary Representation in Thailand and Beyond. The dissertation explores how male parliamentary dominance is maintained by investigating the role clientelist networks play in electoral politics in Thailand.
More recent publications include (2014) "Thailand's Missing Democrats: Reds, Yellows and the Silent Majority" (co-authored with Erik Melander in Foreign Affairs, (2013 and 2015) the book Gender, Informal Institutions and Political Recruitment. Understanding Male Dominance in Parliamentary Representation (Palgrave Macmillan), and the articles “Analyzing Failure, Understanding Success: A Research Strategy for Explaining Gender Equality Policy Adoption” (co-authored with Christina Bergqvist and Pär Zetterberg and published in NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Studies) and “Revisiting Representation: Communism, Women in Politics, and the Decline of Armed Conflict in East Asia” (co-authored with Erik Melander in International Interactions).
I am a core group member in the East Asian Peace Program at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. I have also been affiliated to the interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden. I have been a visiting scholar at the Electoral Integrity Project at the University of Sydney, Australia (2014), the New School for Social Research in New York City, USA (2007), and to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand (2006).
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