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Amanda B. Clayton

Assistant Professor

Amanda Clayton is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her research concerns political institutions, representation, and public policy, with a focus on gender and politics. Using a variety of cases and methodological approaches, her current research examines how quotas for women in politics mediate the representative process. This agenda includes measuring the effects of electoral gender quotas across a range of potential outcomes, including public attitudes and behavior towards female leaders, MP plenary behavior, and policy outcomes and legislative priorities. Her work has appeared in such journals as Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, and The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Professor Clayton has also acted as a research and policy consultant for the World Bank and research institutes in the US and Africa. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Free University of Berlin and a Research Fellowship at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2014.

Representative publications

  • Clayton, Amanda, Cecilia Josefsson, Robert Mattes and Shaheen Mozaffar. Forthcoming. "In Whose Interest? Gender and Mass-Elite Priority Congruence in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Comparative Political Studies.
  • Clayton, Amanda, and Pär Zetterberg. Forthcoming. "Quota Shocks: Electoral Gender Quotas and Government Spending Priorities Worldwide.'' The Journal of Politics
  • Hughes, Melanie, Pamela Paxton, Amanda Clayton, and Pär Zetterberg. Forthcoming. "Global Gender Quota Adoption, Implementation, and Reform." Comparative Politics. 
  • Clayton, Amanda, Cecilia Josefsson and Vibeke Wang. 2017. "Quotas and Women's Substantive Representation: A Content Analysis of Ugandan Plenary Debates.'' Politics & Gender. 13(2), 276-304. 
  • Clayton, Amanda. 2015. "Women's Political Engagement under Quota-Mandated Female Representation: Evidence from a Randomized Policy Experiment." Comparative Political Studies. 48(3), 333-369.
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