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Dr Meryl Kenny

Co-Director
University of Leicester

Meryl Kenny is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester. Her research interests bridge the intersection of gender politics, party politics, territorial politics, and institutional approaches to the study of politics. Her recent book Gender and Political Recruitment: Theorizing Institutional Change - published in 2013 as part of Palgrave Macmillan's Gender and Politics Series - brings together insights from feminist and new institutional theory to explore and understand the gendered dynamics of institutional innovation and change in candidate selection and recruitment. 

Meryl's current research focuses on feminist institutionalism and gender and political recruitment in comparative perspective. Recent publications include: Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay (in press) 'When is Contagion Not Very Contagious? Dynamics of Women's Political Representation in Scotland'Parliamentary Affairs;  and Meryl Kenny and Tània Verge (2013) 'Decentralization, Political Parties and Women's Representation: Evidence from Spain and Britain'Publius: the Journal of Federalism, 43 (1), 109-128.