Diana Z. O'Brien

Albert Thomas Associate Professor of Political Science

I am the Albert Thomas Associate Professor of Political Science at Rice University. My research and teaching focuses on the causes and consequences of women's political representation in established democracies — including Western Europe and the United States — and across the globe. In particular, I study gender and political parties, executive branch politics, citizens' responses to women's presence in politics, and research methods.

I have published articles on these topics in journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Politics & Gender, and Comparative Politics. News coverage of my work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek, MSNBC, Newsweek, FiveThirtyEight, Vox, and multiple international outlets. Finally, my newest research on women in security ministries is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (SES-1851457).

My CV is available here.