Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, Ph.D., is a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute’s Latin America Initiative and a professor of political science at Rice University. She conducts research on an array of topics in comparative and Latin American politics, including presidents, legislatures, elections, representation, corruption, and women and gender politics. Currently, she is working on several projects related to women’s representation in Latin America and beyond, and how women’s representation and political institutions provide incentives for democracies to reduce corruption. She worked for four years at the University of Mississippi and six years at the University of Missouri before coming to Rice University in fall 2014. She was also a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame in fall 2008.
Schwindt-Bayer has published her research in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies, Comparative Political Studies, Politics & Gender, and the Journal of Politics in Latin America. In 2010, she published her first book, “Political Power and Women’s Representation in Latin America,” with Oxford University Press. In 2012, she published (with a co-author) her second book with Oxford, “The Gendered Effects of Electoral Institutions.” She recently co-authored another book, "Clarity of Responsibility, Accountability, and Corruption,” published by Cambridge University Press, and has a new edited volume with Oxford titled “Gender and Political Representation in Latin America.” Schwindt-Bayer earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Arizona in 2003.