Farida Jalalzai

Professor, Hannah Atkins Chair

Farida Jalalzai  

Contact Information

230 Murray Hall

Research Interests

Gender in Politics
Executive Studies
Comparative Politics
PhD, University of Buffalo, 2004

Dr. Farida Jalalzai is the Hannah Atkins Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science. Her research analyzes the representation and behavior of women and minorities in politics and the role of gender in the political arena. Her work focuses on women national leaders. Her first book, Shattered, Cracked and Firmly Intact: Women and the Executive Glass Ceiling Worldwide (Oxford University Press 2013, updated paperback 2016), offers a comprehensive analysis of women, gender, and national leadership positions. Her second book, Women Presidents of Latin America: Beyond Family Ties? (Routledge 2016) examines several case studies of the behavior of women national leaders including presidents Laura Chinchilla (Costa Rica), President Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), and Cristina Fernández (Argentina).

Her current projects include a co-edited volume "Measuring Women's Political Empowerment Worldwide" (with Amy C. Alexander and Catherine Bolzendahl, under contract at Palgrave), a co-authored book Senhora Prisdenta: Women's Representation in Brazil during Dilma Rousseff's Presidency (with Pedro dos Santos), and "Blood is Thicker than Water: Family Ties to Political Power Worldwide" (with Meg Rincker), a global analysis of the prevalence of family connections among executive political office holders.


Recent Publications

    • Jalalzai, Farida. Forthcoming (2015). “Shattered, Not Cracked, The Effect of Women’s Executive Leadership.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.
    • Jalalzai, Farida. 2015. Women Presidents of Latin America: Beyond Family Ties. New York: Routledge Press.
    • Jalalzai, Farida and Pedro Dos Santos. 2015. “The Dilma Effect? Women’s Representation under Dilma Rousseff’s Presidency." Politics & Gender, 11, 1, 117–145.