I have an undergraduate degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. This past year I was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, where I served as a Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-1).


My PhD thesis drew on analysis of three decades of legislative behavior in the UK House of Commons and interviews with Members of Parliament to study changes in male MPs' engagement on women's issues, and the impact that the increased presence of women has on men's behavior. 


Besides my dissertation project, I'm engaged in a number of other projects: on gender quotas in post-revolutionary Tunisia, youth representation in parliaments around the world (both with Mona Lena Krook), political representation in Northern Ireland, and gender in the European Parliament. 


At Rutgers, I taught undergraduate classes in UK Politics, Women & American Politics, and introductory Political Theory. I was also a research assistant for my advisor and co-author Mona Lena Krook, and have worked with the Center for American Women and Politics. I have also volunteered as a tutor for students in prisons, most recently at Montgomery County Correctional Facility with the Petey Greene program


Before embarking on my Ph.D., I coached debate at universities in the US and around the world. After graduating from Cambridge I visited 22 US States as part of the English-Speaking Union's USA Debate Tour, and I have taught debate in fifteen countries, including China, Hong Kong , Qatar, Dubai, Botswana, and Slovenia. 


You can contact me via email at mary.nugent[at]gmail.com