Fiona gained her PhD in political science from Queen's University Belfast in 2016, and now lectures in the Department of Government and Politics at University College Cork, specialising in gender politics.
Her research interests revolve around gender and politics, particularly women in politics; gender and cabinet government; gender quotas; candidate selection; Irish politics; and electoral integrity.
Recent books include Politics and Gender in Ireland: The Quest for Political Agency (with Yvonne Galligan, published by Routledge in 2015) and Electoral Management: Institutions and Practices in an Established Democracy (with Theresa Reidy, published by Routledge in 2017).
Fiona's work has been cited in parliamentary debates in Ireland and Canada. She has appeared before parliamentary committees in hearings on the electoral system and women in politics; addressed meetings of political parties, both at parliamentary and national conference level; and acted as State expert witness in the January 2016 High Court constitutional challenge to gender quotas in Ireland.
Fiona is a recipient of Irish Research Council and Erasmus funding. She is involved in a number of international collaborative projects including Money Talks, a research project based in the University of Bergen that examines the nexus between money, gender and political recruitment. She is also a member of the Irish team for the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP). From March to June 2018, Fiona will be an EIP Visiting Research Fellow in the University of Sydney.
‘I’m delighted to join the European Political Science team. As a publication that aims to address the professional needs and aspirations of political scientists, I look forward to bringing to the attention of colleagues, books that discuss emerging conceptual, methodological, and theoretical developments in political science as well as current debates on the state of the discipline’.
As Fiona joins EPS, we bid goodbye to Lasse Thomassen of Queen Mary University of London, who has served as Reviews Editor of the journal since 2012. All at ECPR and Palgrave would like to extend their sincere thanks Lasse for his outstanding achievements in the course of his six-year tenure.
Keywords: Gender, Quota