Dr. Amy C. Alexander (Ph.D.) accepted an appointment at University of Gothenburg/Sweden as Associate Senior Lecturer in Political Science (Tenure Track). From November 2012 to November 2014 she held the Maria-Goeppert-Mayer Chair of Politics and Gender at Georg August University Goettingen. She received her doctorate in 2011 at the University of California, Irvine where she was a Jack and Suzanne Peltason Fellow of the Center for the Study of Democracy. Her research focuses on the sources of women's political empowerment and its effects on political representation, social values, democratization and governance across the globe. She has published on these and related topics in several peer-reviewed journals including Comparative Politics, the European Sociological Review and Politics and Gender.


Alexander, A.C. (2012). "Change in Women's Descriptive Representation and the Belief in Women's Ability to Govern: A Virtuous Cycle." Politics and Gender 8: 437-464.

Alexander, A. C., (2012) with Inglehart, R., and Welzel, C. "Measuring Effective Democracy: A Defence." International Political Science Review 33: 41.

Alexander, A. C. (2011). "Mayoral Selection and the Demand and Supply of Women Mayors." The Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 32: 114-135.

Alexander, A. C., with Welzel, C. (2011). "How Robust is Muslim Support for Patriarchal Values? A Cross National, Multilevel Study." International Review of Sociology, 21: 249-276.

Alexander, A. C., with Welzel, C. (2011). "Measuring Effective Democracy: The Human Empowerment Approach." Comparative Politics 43 (3): 271-289.

Alexander, A.C., with Welzel C. (2011). "Explaining Women's Empowerment: The Role of Emancipative Beliefs." European Sociological Review 27(3): 364-384.

Alexander, A.C. (2008) With Monroe, K.R., Ozyurt, S., Wrigley, T.. "Gender Equality in Academia: Bad News from the Trenches and some Possible Solutions." Perspectives on Politics 6: 215-233.