Erica Townsend-Bell

 Associate Professor

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Contact Information

213 Social Sciences and Humanities

Office Hours (Fall 2020)

Available on Zoom Hours TBA (email to request Zoom Meeting link)

Ph.D., Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Erica Townsend-Bell is Associate Professor of Political Science (Ph.D). Washington University 2007. She teaches courses in race and gender politics, social movements and qualitative methods, with an expertise in intersectionality, comparative equality, and Latin American politics.

Her research areas focus on the normative implementation of intersectionality, comparative racial politics, and the politics of inclusion. Her work has been published in Political Research Quarterly, Signs, The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics, Politics and Gender, and Palgrave's Intersectionality series, among other outlets. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Incorporating Difference: Implementing Intersectionality in Latin America.

Research Interests

Intersectionality, Comparative Race & Gender Politics, Latin American Politics, Social Movements, Qualitative Methods

Recent Publications

    • Townsend-Bell, Erica. Forthcoming. “Timid Imposition: Intersectional Travel and Affirmative Action in Uruguay.”  Bringing Intersectionality to Public Policy.
    • Townsend-Bell, Erica. 2014. "Whitening via Erasure: Space, Place, and the Census in Costa Rica.”  Journal of Latin American and Iberian Studies, JILAR, 20(3): 436-454.
    • Townsend-Bell, Erica. 2013. "Intersectional Advances?: Inclusionary and Intersectional State Action in Uruguay." In Situating Intersectionality, ed. Angelia Wilson, Politics of Intersectionality Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pages 43-62.
    • Townsend-Bell, Erica and Dara Z. Strolovitch. 2013. "Sex, Gender, and Civil Society." In Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics, pages 367-389.