Professor Rainbow Murray

Hi, I'm Rainbow Murray - welcome to my website! Here you can find out about my teaching and research, including new developments and links to some of my papers.

I am a Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, and a visiting research fellow at CEVIPOF (Sciences Po, Paris). For an overview of my research you can watch the YouTube video of my inaugural lecture. I am the author of "Parties, Gender Quotas and Candidate Selection in France" (Palgrave, 2010) and the editor of "Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling: A Global Comparison of Women's Campaigns for Executive Office" (Praeger, 2010). More details are available here.

My primary research interests lie in political representation; gender and politics; political recruitment; French, British and comparative politics; political parties; parliaments; and elections. I am currently working on several research projects. I am completing a major project examining the impact of gender quotas on parliamentary representation, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the City of Paris. My work on quotas for men, published in the American Political Science Review, has spawned several new research agendas. These include a study of male over-representation and the substantive representation of men; a critique of the concept of meritocracy in political recruitment; and a rethinking of the criteria needed to be an effective politician. I am also a co-investigator on "Money Talks", a major long-term project where an international team of scholars explores the gendered impact of electoral financing. My particular contribution focuses on the (financial) barriers to political office within the UK. Latest developments in my research are available here.

I publish widely on French, British and comparative politics; details of my publications and research papers are available here. I provide commentary to a range of media outlets, including the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, CNBC, Bloomberg, France 24, The Economist and various journalists around the world. You can see some of my commentary via my blog and twitter feed. I also provide consultancy to international organisations such as the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the British Council and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Please contact me if you wish to discuss any of my areas of expertise with me.

I am the co-convenor (with Elin Bjarnegård) of a new international research network on Men in Politics. This network brings together scholars interested in the study of men as gendered political actors. You can find out more about our activities and how to become involved by emailing me.

Click here for details of the courses I teach at Queen Mary.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my website. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, feedback or suggestions.

Rainbow Murray