A Conversation about Chile's Constitution

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Dr. Catherine Reyes-Householder is an Assistant Professor at the Instituto de Ciencia Política of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is also an Associate Researcher at the multi-disciplinary Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES). She has a PhD in Government from Cornell University.

Dr. Catherine Reyes-Householder researched the presidency and gender with a geographical focus on Latin America. Her current projects examine the causes of women presidents: How do women win the presidency? When and why do parties sometimes nominate women instead of men for president? What traits do citizens stereo-typically associate with women and men presidential candidates, and which of these traits do they value in presidents?

Another line of her research focuses on the consequences of women presidents. When and why do women presidents name more woman ministers than men presidents? Why do women presidents have lower approval ratings than men presidents? How do citizens respond to women in executive office?

Her research has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Politics (twice), Politics & Gender, Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Latin American Politics and Society, Politics, Groups and Identities, the Journal of Politics in Latin America, Revista de Ciencia Política as well as in four edited volumes. Her dissertation "Presidentas, Power and Pro-Women Change" won the 2017 Best Dissertation Award: APSA Women and Politics section.She is writing a book manuscript on how women win presidential elections.

Dr. Catherine Reyes-Householder conducted fieldwork in Brazil and Chile in 2015 thanks to a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Catherine also conducted research in Uruguay as a Fulbright undergraduate fellow in 2008.

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