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I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Impact Labs. I obtained my Ph.D. from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) in July 2022. As a graduate student, I was visiting researcher at the European University Institute, Nuffield College, the University of Oxford, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

My research interest lies at the intersections of comparative politics, elites’ political behavior and gender. Specifically, I explore gender inequalities in the political sphere by analyzing how political leaders’ attitudes and personal characteristics define women’s selection into politics and governments. Combining observational and experimental data, my dissertation demonstrates that governments’ negotiation dynamics could help explain a significant share of the gender gap in top political positions.

Part of this work has been published or recently accepted for publication in The Journal of Politics and the European Journal of Political Research.

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Huidobro, Alba, and Albert Falcó-Gimeno (forthcoming). Women Who Win but Do Not Rule: The Effect of Gender in the Formation of Governments. Journal of Politics.

Beltrán, Javier, Aina Gallego, Alba Huidobro, Enrique Romero and Lluís Padró (2021). Male and Female Politicians on Twitter: A Machine Learning Approach. European Journal of Political Research

Huidobro, Alba, Yeimy Ospina, Marta Curto-Grau, and Aina Gallego (2019). La formación de Gobiernos municipales: una nueva base de datos. Revista Española de Ciencia Política, 49, 109-128.

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Partners in Government: Politicians’ Preferences about Coalition Formation.

Gender and Political Ambition: Evidence from a survey of politicians

How party leaders appoint women in their teams?

We March, She Runs: Feminists Movements and Women’s Political Representation

With Nerea Gándara Guerra

Young politicians in government formation processes

With Albert Falcó-Gimeno

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The formation of local governments: a new database.


*How to cite the data:

Huidobro, A., Ospina, Y., Curto-Grau, M. y Gallego, A. (2019). La formación de Gobiernos municipales: una nueva base de datos. Revista Española de Ciencia Política, 49, 109-128.

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Stanford, CA 94305

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