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Farida Jalalzai

Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of Global Initiatives and Engagement, Virginia Tech

Dr. Farida Jalalzai is an election expert specializing in women candidates and voters. The associate dean for Global Initiatives and Engagement, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and professor (PhD, University of Buffalo, 2004), her research analyzes the role of gender in the political arena including women national leaders.

Her books include: “Shattered, Cracked and Firmly Intact: Women and the Executive Glass Ceiling Worldwide,” (Oxford University Press 2013) which offers a comprehensive analysis of women, gender, and national leadership positions; “Women Presidents of Latin America: Beyond Family Ties?” (Routledge 2016), a comparative analysis of women presidents in Latin America and “Senhora Presidenta: Women’s Empowerment” and “Disempowerment in Brazil: The Rise and Fall of President Dilma Rousseff,” which examines the first female president of Brazil (with Pedro dos Santos, forthcoming 2021 Temple University Press).

Jalazai is co-editor of the volume “Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment Worldwide” (Palgrave 2018) with Amy C. Alexander and Catherine Bolzendahl . She has authored dozens of articles and book chapters related to women in politics around the world.  Her work has appeared in leading journals including International Political Science Review, Politics & Gender, Politics, Groups & Identities; Politics & Religion, and Women, Politics & Policy. Her research has been funded by the Thyssen Foundation and she is a recipient of the Fulbright Commission Global Scholar Award.

She is frequently quoted and featured as an expert in high profile media outlets including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the PBS Newshour, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, VOX, Politico, and NPR.

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State Expertise: National
Speaks: English

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