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Professor Joni Lovenduski FBA

The impacts of gender on politics: the political representation of women, the selection of candidates for elected office, the roles of women in political parties and comparative European equality policies.
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About this Fellow

Joni Lovenduski is Anniversary Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London and Visiting Professor at The Policy Institute at King’s College, London. She chairs the Editorial Board of Political Quarterly and is a member of the editorial boards of British Politics, The British Journal of Political Science and French Politics. She was Vice-Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) from 2000-2003 and a member of the Research Council of the European University Institute from 2003- 2008. Her recent and current research is on gender and political representation including party policy on women’s representation and the investigation of the gendered nature of institutions in contemporary political systems. Her work has won a number of prizes including the Political Studies Association Special Recognition Award for contributions to political studies (2007), the Gender and Politics Award of the ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics in 2007, the UK Political Studies Association’s Sir Isaiah Berlin prize for lifetime achievement in political studies in 2013, the ECPR lifetime achievement award for outstanding work in political science (2017) and the American Political Science Association George H. Hallett award for a book published at least ten years ago that has made a lasting contribution to the literature on representation and electoral systems for Political Recruitment: Gender, Race and Class in the British Parliament 1995, which was co-authored with Pippa Norris. In recognition of her research into gender equality she was awarded the degree of Doctoris honoris causa in Social Science by Edinburgh University in 2017.



Current post

  • Professor Emerita, Birkbeck College, University of London

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Comparative Politics, Loughborough University, 1992 - 1994
  • Professor of Politics, University of Southampton, 1995 - 2000
  • Anniversary Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College University of London, 2000
  • Anniversary Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College University of London, 2000 - 2016
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor, Loughborough University, 1972 - 1994
  • Professor Emerita, Birkbeck College University of London, 2016


Feminizing Politics 2005


The New Politics of Abortion (1986)


The Politics of the Second Electorate (1981) co-ed


Women and European Politics: Contemporary Feminism and Public Policy 1986


Gender and Party Politics


Contemporary Feminist Politics w. Vicky Randall, 1993


Political Recruitment: Gender, Race and Class in the British Parliament


Feminism and Politics 2000


Gendering Politics, Feminizing Political Science 2015


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