Thursday, January 26, 2012

Introducing Hilde Coffé

It's our great pleasure to introduce Dr. Hilde Coffé (left) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
At the beginning of next month, Hilde will take up a permanent appointment as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.
She joins the Victoria faculty following a number of years as an assistant professor of sociology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She's also been a visiting professor in in the Department of Political Science and Japanese Studies at Martin-Luther-University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.
In 2004 Hilde earned her Ph.D. in Social Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, having completed a dissertation entitled Groot in Vlaanderen, klein(er) in Wallonië. Een analyse van het electorale succes van de extreem-rechtse partijen / Large in Flanders, small(er) in Wallonia. An analysis of the different success of the extreme right parties in Belgium. (See items about this research here and here.)
She also holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where she was a postdoctoral researcher from 2004 to 2006.
Hilde's research focuses on political participation and representation, partisan politics, and civic and political attitudes. In that vein is her introductory post below, which discusses "Conceptions of Female Political Representation: Perspectives of Rwandan Female Representatives," a paper she presented at a meeting of the American Political Science Association.
Heartfelt welcome!

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