Patrick Cunha Silva

Welcome! I will join Loyola University Chicago as an Assistant Professor in July, 2022. My work has been published in Electoral Studies, Party Politics, and Political Research Quarterly.

More About My Research


I study topics related to electoral systems, gender representation, and political campaigns. In my dissertation, I analyze whether co-partisans are biased against their women colleague on the campaign trail and how it affects women's representation.


Electoral Campaigns and Co-Partisan Discrimination

Candidates provide financial resources and endorsements to colleagues. I analyze whether they discriminate against women.

Publication (Party Politics)

Campaign Resources and Pre-Electoral Coalitions

Why are small parties accepted into pre-election coalitions? I argue that they can offer key campaign resources to major parties.

Publication (PRQ)

Unintended Institutional Interactions: Presidential Coattails and Gender Parity Quotas

When can gender quotas be effective in majoritarian systems? We show that the gender quota in France depends on presidential coattails to work.