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Melody Ellis ValdiniMelody Ellis Valdini

Office: 650M URBN
Phone: 503.725.3114

Melody Ellis Valdini (Ph.D. 2006, University of California, San Diego) is an associate professor of political science, the academic director of PSU’s Center for Women’s Leadership, and the director of the political science MA/MS program. Her research focuses on the consequences of institutional design, with a particular focus on electoral systems, political parties, and representation. She has published in the American Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, and Politics & Gender, and recently won the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for a project on gender stereotypes and political corruption. In addition, she recently co-authored a book (with Richard Clucas) on the consequences of institutions on the balance of democratic ideals, The Character of Democracy: How Institutions Shape Politics, published by Oxford University Press. She teaches courses on comparative politics, with a focus on representation, institutions, and the regions of Latin America and Europe.