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Amanda B. Clayton

Director of Placement
Assistant Professor

Amanda Clayton is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her research concerns political institutions, representation, and public policy, with a focus on gender and politics. Using a variety of cases and methodological approaches, her current research examines how quotas for women in politics mediate the representative process. This agenda includes measuring the effects of electoral gender quotas across a range of potential outcomes, including public attitudes and behavior towards female leaders, MP plenary behavior, and policy outcomes and legislative priorities. Her work has appeared in such journals as Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, and The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Professor Clayton has also acted as a research and policy consultant for the World Bank and research institutes in the US and Africa. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Free University of Berlin and a Research Fellowship at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2014.

Representative publications

  • Clayton, Amanda. 2015. “Female Leadership, Electoral Gender Quotas and Women’s Political Engagement: Evidence from a Randomized Policy Experiment.” Comparative Political Studies. 48(3), pp 333 - 369.
  • Clayton, Amanda. 2014. “Electoral Gender Quotas and Attitudes toward Traditional Leaders: A Policy Experiment in Lesotho” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. 33(1), pp 1007 - 1026.
  • Clayton, Amanda, Cecilia Josefsson and Vibeke Wang. 2014. “Present without Presence? Gender, Quotas, and Debate Recognition in the Ugandan Parliament.” Representation. 50(3), pp 379 - 392.
  • Ahlquist, John S., Amanda B. Clayton and Margaret Levi. 2014. “Provoking Preferences: Unionization, Trade Policy, and the ILWU Puzzle.” International Organization, 68 (1), pp 33 - 75.
  • Clayton, Amanda, Jennifer Noveck, and Margaret Levi. 2015. “When Elites Meet: Decentralization, Power-Sharing, and Public Goods Provision in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone.” Policy Research Working Paper; no. WPS 7335. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group.
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