I am Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. I am a foremost expert on women's political representation around the world. I am particularly interested in the ways that gender intersects with other forces of marginalization to influence women's political power.

I am Co-Director of the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL @ Pitt), an interdisciplinary research center designed to foster collaboration and support policy-relevant research on gender inequalities around the world.

I work to connect my research to policymakers, practitioners, and the public. I have collaborated with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve the measurement of women's political leadership worldwide, and since 2015 I have been working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to improve the availability and quality of data on gender equality in public administration (GEPA).