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Dr Pedro G. dos Santos

Luther College
Pedro G. dos Santos is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Luther College in Iowa, where he teaches courses in Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Gender and Politics, and International Relations. He received his B.A. from Baker University in 2004 and his M.A. (2007); Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2009); and Ph.D. (2012) from the University of Kansas. In 2010-2011 he was a Junior Researcher at the Center for Studies of the Americas (CEPPAC) at the University of Brasília.
His research revolves around the issue of women's representation in Brazilian politics. His dissertation, titled "Gendering Representation: Parties, Institutions, and the Under-Representation of Women to Brazil's State Legislatures," uses feminist historical institutionalism as a methodological anchor to understanding why women are severely underrepresented in Brazil's state legislatures despite the fact that the country established a candidate quota provision in 1996. Since then he has worked on delineating the critical junctures in Brazil's political institutions that have influenced the low number of women in electoral politics.
More recently, Dr. dos Santos has worked with Dr. Farida Jalalzai on establishing the connection between the election of Brazil's first woman president (Dilma Rousseff) and the different aspects of women's representation (symbolic, descriptive, and substantive) in the country.

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