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Dr Jennifer Curtin

University of Auckland

Jennifer Curtin is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Auckland. Her research expertise spans two overlapping areas – comparative gender politics and public policy and Australian politics. She has published widely (in books and international journals)on the representation of women in formal political institutions and policy making environments (parliament, the bureaucracy and trade unions). Jennifer is currently engaged in a theoretically-informed empirical analysis of women's political leadership in four Westminster countries, including New Zealand, which engages with the emerging literatures on feminist institutionalism. Her second area of expertise is in Australian politics and policy, with a particular focus on rural and regional representation, and the rise of independents. She regularly contributes to publications on the Australian federal elections and to the well-known Australian politics textbook by Woodward, Parkin and Summers. Her current policy research interests lie in the areas of parental leave, domestic violence and policies of political representation (gender quotas and reserved seats for minority groups) with a particular focus on agenda-setting and the 'framing' of policy demands by government and non-government actors.

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