University of Calgary

Susan Franceschet

  • Professor


Susan Franceschet joined the Department in 2006. Her research focuses on women's political representation in legislatures and cabinets, gender quotas in comparative perspective, and gender and public policy. Her most recent book is Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender, coauthored with Claire Annesley and Karen Beckwith, published by Oxford University Press.Her current research project "The Motherhood Dilemma in Parliamentary Politics" is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant. 

Areas of Supervision

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


Cabinets, Ministers, and Gender, coauthored with Claire Annesley and Karen Beckwith (Oxford University Press, 2019)

The Palgrave Handbook of Women's Political Rights, co-edited with Mona Lena Krook and Netina Tan (Palgrave, 2018).

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.

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