• ESRC New Investigator: From Suffrage to Representation

Three years, £299,962

Awarded April 2020, start date September 1, 2020

Through a careful analysis of the electoral processes that materialised in the aftermath of four suffrage reforms in the U.S., U.K., Norway and Chile, this project seeks to map the mechanisms through which newly enfranchised women achieved and maintained substantive representation in legislatures. While scholars have uncovered the relationship between the proportion of women in legislatures and women’s substantive representation, and addressed the role of parties in women’s substantive representation, we know much less about the link between the acquisition of the vote and the quality of substantive representation (hereafter just representation) in legislatures. The central proposition of this project is that understanding the pathways towards women’s representation rests upon close examination of politicians’ and organised interests’ incentives to engage women voters. As I show elsewhere (Morgan-Collins, forth.), the capacity of women to vote along women’s interests in the U.S. reflected the mobilisation efforts of women’s organised groups. Building upon questions raised in this and my previous research [an article forthcoming in The Journal of Politics; an APSA award-winning paper; and an award-winning PhD dissertation], this project seeks to answer: (i) How do electoral systems shape politicians’ incentives to mobilise and engage women? (ii) How do organised interests, operating in distinct electoral systems, shape politicians’ incentives to mobilise women? (iii) To what extent does the resulting capacity of women to vote and coordinate electorally on shared interests induce politicians’ responsiveness?

  • Early Career Flexigrant, University of Nottingham, £5,000, (with Valerie Rueda), 2019

  • Grant Seed Corn Fund, Durham University, £3,950, 2017

  • APSA Research Grant, American Political Science Association, $1500, 2017

  • DEVCo Fund, University of East Anglia, £4,962, (with Ulrike Theuerkauf), 2016

  • LSE Research, grant for research assistance, £1,400 (2x), 2015, 2016



  • CES Small Events Grant, Council of European Studies, $1500, 2017

  • Funds to Organise a Conference, University of Pennsylvania, $3300, 2017

  • Funds to Organise a Conference, London School of Economics, £2,000, 2016

  • NSF Funding for Political Methodology, conference grant, $1,527, 2015

  • Government Research Scholarship, LSE, 2009-2015

  • Baroness Birk Scholarship, Merit scholarship, LSE, £1000, 2010