Why does the United States have such a persistently poor record on gender equality? Rachel Bernhard looks beyond the stereotypes at political outcomes within groups to understand when, where, and how inequality persists
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Davis
Rachel received her PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, for her work on how voters evaluate female candidates for office, particularly in low-information environments.
In 2018-2019 she served as a Postdoctoral Prize Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford, and in fall 2021 she is serving as a Visiting Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Her work has been published in outlets like the American Political Science Review, Political Behavior, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
She is currently working on a book project on appearance-based discrimination in politics, and has recently taught classes on political psychology, identity politics, statistics and research design, women in politics, and computational methods.