Elin Bjarnegård is a researcher and teacher at the Department of Government at Uppsala University in Sweden. Her research interests are within the field of comparative politics with a particular focus on gender, masculinities, political parties, candidate recruitment, and informal institutions. She earned her doctorate in 2010 and her dissertation was entitled Men in Politics. Revisiting Patterns of Gendered Parliamentary Representation in Thailand and Beyond. The dissertation explores how male parliamentary dominance is maintained by investigating the role clientelist networks play in electoral politics in Thailand and a revised version was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan with the title Gender, Informal Institutions and Political Recruitment: Explaining Male Dominance in Parliamentary Representation.
(1) One currently ongoing research project is focusing on explaining why, in a Swedish context, certain gender equality policies fail where others suceed. In this project she is working with Christina Bergqvist (project leader) and Pär Zetterberg at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. In particular, they are studying the mobilization for and against suggested reforms of laws regarding parental leave and gender quotas for boards of companies listed on the stock exchange.The project is funded by FAS.
(2) Elin Bjarnegård is the project leader of another recently started research endeavor, also together with Pär Zetterberg, that investigates the gendered nature of candidate selection in political parties in developing countries. It is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The Swedish Research Council provides funding for related field research.
(3) Elin Bjarnegård is also one of five core group members of a large program funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The East Asian Peace Program is based at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University.
At the graduate level, Elin Bjarnegård is teaching introduction for first year Ph.D. students. She also supervises two Ph.D. candidates as well as MA-students. At the undergraduate level she is involved in the course 'Gender, Power and Institutions'. Previous teaching experience include responsability for Methodology C supervision of several BA and MA theses.
Elin Bjarnegård's most recent publications are the book Gender, Informal Institutions and Political Recruitment: Explaining Male Dominance in Parliamentary Representation, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013 and, also in 2013, (with Erik Melander) 'Revisiting Representation: Communism, Women in Politics and the Decline of Armed Conflict in East Asia' in International Interactions. Other recent publications include (2013) the chapter 'Varför har männen fortfarande makten' in the book Statsvetenskapens frågor (Studentlitteratur); 'Who's the perfect politician? Clientelism as a determining feature of Thai politics'; in the Routledge book Party Politics in Southeast Asia; (2011) with Melander, Erik, 'Disentangling Gender, Peace, and Democratization: the negative effects of militarized masculinity'; in the Journal of Gender Studies; and with Zetterberg, Pär, 'Removing Quotas, Maintaining Representation: Overcoming Gender Inequalities in Political Party Recruitment'; in Representation.
Elin Bjarnegård has a present affiliation to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. She is still teaching at and has been affiliated to the interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies. She has also had affiliations to the New School for Social Research in New York City, USA and to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.