Amanda Clayton

Amanda Clayton

Postdoctoral Fellow, Free University of Berlin
WAPPP Fellow
Amanda Clayton

Amanda Clayton examines the substantive and symbolic effects of quotas for women in politics. As a WAPPP fellow, her work focuses on the results of field experimental research in Lesotho to understand how a policy experiment with subnational districts reserved for female community councilors has affected citizens’ explicit and implicit gender biases as well as the electoral success of female councilors in reserved districts after the quota’s removal.

Bio

Amanda Clayton is a postdoctoral fellow at Free University of Berlin. She received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle. Concentrating on southern and eastern African cases, her research focuses on the substantive and symbolic effects of quotas for women in politics. Using experimental methods to understand how exposure to quota-mandated female representatives affect citizens’ attitudes and behavior, her research has appeared in both political science and public policy journals. As a WAPPP fellow, her work will focus on the results of field experimental research in Lesotho to understand how a policy experiment with subnational districts reserved for female community councilors has affected citizens’ explicit and implicit gender biases as well as the electoral success of female councilors in reserved districts after the quota’s removal. Amanda’s policy-related experience includes consulting and internship projects for the World Bank, the Grameen Foundation, and research institutes in the US and Africa. Amanda has worked in academic and policy settings in Namibia, Lesotho, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, the US and Germany.

Research Topic:

Electoral Gender Quotas and Citizen Bias

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