Published Research


Information on my published work is also available on my CV and Google Scholar profile.


Barnes, Tiffany D. and Diana Z. O'Brien. "Defending the Realm: The Appointment of Female Defense Ministers Worldwide." Accepted for publication at the American Journal of Political Science.


O'Brien, Diana Z. "Righting Conventional Wisdom: Women and Right Parties in Established Democracies." Accepted for publication at Politics & Gender.


O'Brien, Diana Z. and Jennifer M. Piscopo “Electing Women to National Legislatures.” Forthcoming in Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment across the Globe: Strategies, Challenges and Future Research, eds. Amy Alexander, Catherine Bolzendahl, and Farida Jalalzai).


Greene, Zachary and Diana Z. O'Brien. 2016. "Diverse Parties, Diverse Agendas? The Parliamentary Party's Role in Platform Formation.'' European Journal of Political Research. DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.12141


O'Brien, Diana Z. and Johanna Rickne. 2016. "Gender Quotas and Women's Access to Leadership Posts.'' American Political Science Review 110(1): 112-26.


O'Brien, Diana Z. 2015. "Rising to the Top: Gender, Political Performance, and Party Leadership in Advanced Industrial Democracies." American Journal of Political Science 59(4): 1022-1039.


O'Brien, Diana Z., Matthew Mendez, Jordan Carr Peterson, and Jihyun Shin. 2015. "Letting Down the Ladder or Shutting the Door: Female Prime Ministers, Party Leaders, and Cabinet Members." Politics & Gender 11(4): 689-717.


O'Brien, Diana Z. and Yael Shomer. 2013. "Legislators' Motivations, Institutional Arrangements, and Changes in Partisan Affiliation: A Cross-National Analysis of Party Switching." Legislative Studies Quarterly 38(1): 111-141.


Krook, Mona Lena and Diana Z. O'Brien. 2012. "All the President's Men? The Numbers and Portfolio Allocations of Female Cabinet Ministers." Journal of Politics 74(3): 840-855.

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O'Brien, Diana Z. 2012. "Gender and Select Committee Elections in the British House of Commons."Politics & Gender 8(2): 178-204.


O'Brien, Diana Z. 2012. "Quotas and Qualifications in Uganda." In The Impact of Quotas on Women's Descriptive, Substantive, and Symbolic Representation, ed. Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook, and Jennifer M. Piscopo. New York: Oxford University Press, 57-71.


O'Brien, Diana Z. 2011. "Robust Statistics." In International Encyclopedia of Political Science, eds.Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, and Leonardo Morlino. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc.


Krook, Mona Lena and Diana Z. O'Brien. 2010. "The Politics of Group Representation: Quotas for Women and Minorities Worldwide." Comparative Politics 42(3): 253-272. Original version awarded the Sophonisba Breckinridge Award for the Best Paper on Women and Politics, Midwest Political Science Association (2008).


Krook, Mona Lena, Diana Z. O'Brien, and Krista M. Swip. 2010. "Military Invasion and Women's Political Representation: Gender Quotas in Post-Conflict Afghanistan and Iraq." International Feminist Journal of Politics 12 (1): 65-78.