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Patrick Cunha Silva

I am Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. My work has been published in Electoral Studies, Party Politics, and Political Research Quarterly.

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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 female colleague on the campaign trail and how it affects women's representation.

Dissertation

Electoral Campaigns and Candidate Discrimination

Candidates provide financial resources and endorsements to colleagues. I theorize on the reasons why they may 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.