Ana Catalano Weeks

Ana Catalano Weeks

College Fellow, Department of Government, Harvard University
WAPPP Fellow
Ana Catalano Weeks

Ana Catalano Weeks' research focuses on identity, political representation, and policymaking. As a WAPPP Fellow, Ana will continue to develop her book manuscript on gender quotas and policy outcomes.

Bio

Ana Catalano Weeks is a College Fellow at Harvard University's Department of Government and a Research Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her work focuses on identity, political representation, and policymaking. Her dissertation and book project explores the impact of political gender quota laws on policy outcomes in advanced democracies. In it, she argues that quotas help overcome a political market failure, whereby group interests are unlikely to be represented in politics if the group faces high barriers to entry and their interests lie off the main left-right (class-based) dimension in politics. She then shows that the largest gender gap in advanced democracies exists on the issue of maternal employment, and it cuts across partisan ties. The substantive chapters go on to demonstrate that quotas increase both party- and national-level attention to women's policy preferences -- specifically, child care. As a WAPPP Fellow, Ana will continue to develop her book manuscript on gender quotas and policy outcomes, and pursue new research projects related to gender gaps in policy preferences, quotas, and public opinion. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Research Topic:

The Impact of Political Gender Quota Laws on Policy Outcomes in Advanced Democracies