Tiffany D. Barnes (PhD, Rice University), assistant professor in political science at the University of Kentucky, is a Kellogg visiting fellow for the fall 2013 semester. Her research in comparative politics looks at political institutions and representation, and in particular focuses on themes relating to politics and gender and on Latin American politics.
While at Kellogg, Barnes is completing the book project Womens Representation and the Impact of Institutional Incentives. Drawing on original data and elite interviews from extensive fieldwork in Argentina, she is investigating how changes in the proportion of female legislators and differences in institutional contexts shape womens legislative behavior. The project represents one of the first empirical efforts to examine this subject across many Argentinean chambers over a significant period of time.
Barnes bases her analysis on an impressive original dataset containing data on 27 provincial legislatures in 19 provinces over an 18-year period. She argues that the extent to which women work to represent womens interests is a function of both their numerical representation and their institutional incentives.
Her work has previously appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Gender & Politics, and Conflict Management and Peace Science.