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Dr Elin Bjarnegård

Uppsala University
Elin Bjarnegård is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Government at Uppsala University in Sweden. Her research interests are within the field of comparative politics with a particular focus on gender,  masculinities, political parties, candidate recruitment, and informal institutions. She earned her doctorate in 2010 and her dissertation was entitled "Men in Politics. Revisiting Patterns of Gendered Parliamentary Representation in Thailand and Beyond". The dissertation explores how male parliamentary dominance is maintained by investigating the role clientelist networks play in electoral politics in Thailand.

Elin Bjarnegård is affiliated to the interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden and has been affiliated to the New School for Social Research in New York City, USA and to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Her most recent publications include (2010) "Gendered Parties - making the male norm visible in Thai politics" in Rydström, H: Gendered Inequalities in Asia. Configuring, Contesting and Recognizing Women and Men. Copenhagen: NIAS Press and (2009) "Thailand - approaches to the gender paradox" in Gelb, J and Palley, M: Women and Politics Around the World. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Presently, Elin Bjarnegård is starting up a research project focusing on explaining why, in a Swedish context, certain gender equality policies fail where others suceed. In this project she is working with Associate Professor Christina Bergqvist and Assistant Professor Pär Zetterberg at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. In particular, they are studying the mobilization for and against suggested reforms of laws regarding parental leave and gender quotas for boards of companies listed on the stock exchange.

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