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Dr. Gretchen Bauer

Professor
Comparative Politics, African Politics and Gender and Politics
University of Delaware
461 Smith Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-2355
 

Biography

Gretchen Bauer, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994) joined the Department in 1994. She teaches classes in African politics, African politics and literature, and gender and politics. She conducts research on women's political leadership in Africa, with a current focus on women in parliament and cabinet in Ghana and West Africa. Professor Bauer has been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Public Policy Research in Windhoek, Namibia (2002) and at the University of Botswana in Gaborone (2009). During 2016 she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ghana in Accra. During 2019 she was a senior fellow focused on parliaments and democracy in Africa at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) at the University of Ghana, and in 2023 she returned to MIASA as co-convenor and senior fellow focused on increasing women’s political presence in West Africa. At the University of Delaware, she directed the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship from 2014 to 2018.

Professor Bauer currently serves as P​resident of the African Studies Association (USA).​

Selected Recent Publications

Gender and Politics in Ayawaso West Wuogon: Women Standing for Parliament. In Kelly Krawczyk and Bridgett King, eds. Women’s Contributions to Development in West Africa: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023: 197-223.

Funding Demands and Gender in Political Recruitment: What Parties Do in Cabo Verde and Ghana. International Political Science Review. 2023. 44(1): 77-90. Co-authored with Vibeke Wang and Ragnhild Muriaas.

Parliamentary Primaries After Democratic Transitions: Explaining Reforms to Candidate Selection in Ghana. African Affairs. 2022. 121(483): 275-297. Co-authored with Susan Dodsworth, Seidu Alidu and Gbensuglo Bukari.

‘The President’s Prerogative’? The Cabinet Appointment Process in Ghana and the Implications for Gender Parity. Politics & Gender. 2022. 18: 546-573. Co-authored with Akosua Darkwah.

Party Primaries and Women’s Representation in Ghana: How Can More Women Aspirants Win? In Leonardo Arriola, Martha Johnson and Melanie Phillips, eds. Women and Power in Africa: Aspiring, Campaigning, and Governing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021: 61-84. Co-authored with Akosua Darkwah.

Women in African Parliaments: Progress and Prospects. In Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso and Toyin Falola, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of African Women’s Studies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021: 335-352.​

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