University of Calgary

Susan Franceschet

  • Professor


Susan Franceschet joined the Department in 2006. Her research focuses on women and politics, gender quotas in comparative perspective, and gender and public policy. Her current research project "Gender, Representation, and Power in Executive Office: Parity Cabinets in Spain and Chile" is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2013–2017). 

Areas of Supervision

Dr. Franceschet is willing to supervise students working in the areas of gender, politics, and public policy; women's political representation; Latin American politics. 


The Impact of Gender Quotas, co-edited with Mona Lena Krook and Jennifer M. Piscopo. (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Comparative Public Policy in Latin America, co-edited with Jordi Diez. (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

Women and Politics in Chile (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005)

Selected Journal Articles

"What do Women Symbolize? Symbolic Representation and Cabinet Appointments: Politics, Groups, and Identities 5(3), 2017.

"Supermadres, Maternal Legacies, and Women's Political Participation in Latin America." Journal of Latin American Studies 48 (1): 2016. Coauthored equally with Jennifer M. Piscopo and Gwynn Thomas.

"Resisting Parity: Gender and Cabinet Appointments in Chile and Spain." Politics & Gender 11 (4): 2015. Coauthored equally with Gwynn Thomas.

"Sustaining Gendered Practices? Power, Parties, and Elite Political Networks in Argentina" Comparative Political Studies, 47 (1): 2014, pp. 85–110. Co-authored equally with Jennifer M. Piscopo.

"Equality, Democracy, and the Broadening and Deepening of Gender Quotas." Politics & Gender 9 (3), 2013, pp. 310–316. Co-authored equally with Jennifer M. Piscopo.

"Federalism, Decentralization, and Reproductive Rights in Argentina and Chile." Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 43 (1), 2013. Pp. 129-150. Coauthored equally with Jennifer Piscopo.

"Separate but not Equal: The Effects of Municipal Electoral Reform on Female Representation in Chile." Political Research Quarterly, 65 (4):2012. Co-authored with Magda Hinojosa.

"Gender Policy and State Architecture in Latin America." Politics & Gender, Volume 7, no. 3, 2011, pp. 273-279.

"Explaining Domestic Violence Policy in Chile and Argentina" Latin American Politics and Society Vol 52, no. 3,  2010, pp. 1-29..

"The Gendered Dimensions of Rituals, Rules, and Norms in the Chilean Congress" Journal of Legislative Studies vol. 16, no. 3, 2010, pp. 393-406.

"Gender Quotas and Women's Substantive Representation: Lessons from Argentina." Politics & Gender vol. 4 no. 3, 2008. Pp. 393-425. Co-authored with Jennifer M. Piscopo.

“El Triunfo de Bachelet y el ascenso de las mujeres” (Bachelet’s Triumph and the Political Advance of Women) Nueva Sociedad, número 202, marzo-abril 2006, pp. 13-22.

“Explaining Social Movement Outcomes: collective action frames and strategic choices in first- and second-wave feminism in Chile.” Comparative Political Studies Vol. 37, No. 5, 2004, pp. 499-530.

“States and Women’s Movements: the Impact of Chile’s Servicio Nacional de la Mujer on Women’ s Activism,” Latin American Research Review, Vo. 38, No. 1, Spring 2003, pp. 9-40.

Book Chapters (selected)

"Continuity or Change?  Gender Policy during the Bachelet Administration"  in The Bachelet Government: Conflict and Consensus in Post-Pinochet Chile, edited by Silvia Borzutzky and Gregory Weeks.  University of Florida Press, 2010, pp.159-180.

"Renegotiating Political Leadership: Michelle Bachelet's Rise to the Chilean Presidency" in Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling: Women's Campaigns for Executive Office Worldwide, edited by Rainbow Murray. Praeger Publishing, 2010, pp. 177-196. co-authored equally with Gwynn Thomas.

"Gendered Institutuions and Women's Substantive Representation: Female Legislators in Chile and Argentina," in Gender, Politics, and Institutions, edited by Mona Lena Krook and Fiona Mackay. London: Palgrave, 2011.

“La Representación Política de Mujeres en un País sin Ley de Cuotas: el Caso de Chile” (Women’s Representation in a Country without Quotas) in Mujeres y Política en América Latina. Sistemas electorales y cuota de género. (Women and Politics in Latin America: Electoral Systems and Gender Quotas) Edited by Nélida Archenti and María Inés Tula (Buenos Aires: Heliasta, 2008).

“¿Promueven las Cuotas los Intereses de las Mujeres? El Impacto de las Cuotas en la Representación Sustantiva” (Do Quotas Promote Women’s Interests? The Impact of Quotas on Women’s Substantive Representation) in Mujer y Política: El Impacto de las Cuotas de Género en América Latina(Women and Politics: The Impact of Gender Quotas in Latin America), edited by Marcela Ríos Tobar. (Santiago: Catalonia Editorial). 2008 pp. 61-96.

Selected Conference Papers

Reflexiones sobre Cuotas de Genero y Paridad en Chile. Presentation at Seminar "Falta la Otra Mitad: Propuestas para la Paridad" Organized by Corporacion Humanas. Santiago, Chile. August 15, 2014.

Disrupting Informal Institutions? Gender and Cabinet Formation in Chile, 2006 and 2014. Paper prepared for the Workshop on 'Gender and Institutional Change in Bachelet's Chile.' University of Manchester, April 29, 2014

Gender and the Executive Branch: Defining a New Research Agenda. Paper prepared for the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Salamanca, Spain, April 10–15, 2014. Coauthored with Claire Annesley, Karen Beckwith

Supermadres, Maternal Legacies, and Women's Political Participation in Contemporary Latin America." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, August 29–September 2, 2013. Co-authored equally with Jennifer M. Piscopo and Gwynn Thomas.

Gender, Power, and Women's Political Inclusion in Argentina and Chile." Paper presented at conference on "Rethinking State–Society Relations in Latin America." Center for Inter-American Policy and Research, Tulane University, New Orleans LA. May 24, 2013.

"Changing Representational Norms in Cabinet Formation:Parity in the Executive Branch in Chile and Spain." Paper presented at the 3rd European Conference on Politics and Gender, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. March 21-23, 2013. Co-authored with Gwynn Thomas.

 "The Politics of Gender Equality Policies in Latin America: Toward a Comparative Framework." Paper presented at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops. April 10–15th, 2012, Antwerp, Belgium.

"Gender and Executive Office: Analyzing Parity Cabinets in Chile and Spain" Paper presented at the General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research, August 24-27, Reykjavik, Iceland. Co-authored with Gwynn Thomas.

"Reconceptualizing Women's Impact in Politics." Paper presented at the II European Conference on Gender and Politics. Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. January 13-15, 2011.

"Gender Policy and State Architecture in Latin America: Comparing Domestic Violence and Reproductive Rights Policies in (Federal) Argentina and (Unitary) Chile." Paper presented at the FINSA workshop, Washington, DC, September 5, 2010.

"Explaining Domestic Violence Policies in Latin America: An Historical Institutionalist Approach" Paper presented at Workshop on "Rethinking Political Institutions: Integrating Gender and Neo-Institutionalist Perspectives" Sydney, Australia March 23-25, 2010. 

"Separate but not Equal: the Impact of Municipal Electoral Reform on Women's Representation in Chile."  Paper presented to the Meetings of the International Political Science Association, Santiago, Chile.  July 12-16th, 2009.  (co-authored with Magda Hinojosa)

 "Gender Quotas and Women's Descriptive Representation: Comparing Male and Female Legislators in Argentina's National Congress." Presented at the 1st European Conference on Politics and Gender, Belfast, UK. Jan. 21-23rd.  (co-authored equally with Jennifer M. Piscopo)

“Gendered Institutions and Women’s Substantive Representation: comparing female legislators in Argentina and Chile,” paper presented at the European Consortium of Political Research Joint Sessions of Workshops. Rennes, France, April 11-16, 2008.

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