Melody Ellis ValdiniMelody Ellis Valdini


Email: mev@pdx.edu
Office: 650M URBN
Phone: 503.725.3114

Melody Ellis Valdini (Ph.D. 2006, University of California, San Diego) is an associate professor and chair of the political science department at Portland State University as well as the associate editor of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. Her research focuses on the consequences of institutional design, with a particular focus on electoral systems, political parties, and women's descriptive representation. She has published in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and Politics & Gender, and  won the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for a project on gender stereotypes and political corruption. In addition, Dr. Valdini is the author of two books: The Character of Democracy: How Institutions Shape Politics (with Richard Clucas) and, most recently, The Inclusion Calculation: Why Men Appropriate Women's Representation (both 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.