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Prof Claire Annesley

Post:Professor of Politics (Sussex European Institute)
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Claire joined the Department of Politics in March 2015 and was appointed Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Equalities and Diversity in November 2016. 

Her research on gender, politics and policy was awarded the 2011 Richard Rose Prize by the Political Studies Association, the 2011 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize by Iowa State University and the 2012 Public Policy Section Prize by the American Political Science Association.

Claire's latest book Cabinet, Ministers and Gender, with Karen Beckwith (Case Western Reserve) and Susan Franceschet (Calgary) (2019, Oxford University Press), explains why historically women have been underrepresented in cabinet across seven democracies and why this is now changing. Prior to publication the book was awarded funding for a Johan Skytte manuscript workshop at the University of Uppsala. 

This short animation highlights some of the key findings of the book. 

Before coming to Sussex, Claire was based at the University of Manchester (2000-15) where she was Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Director of Research in the School of Social Sciences. 

Claire has a BA in German and Politics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1995) and a PhD from the University of Sheffield (2001). She has been a visiting scholar at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (1993-4), the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) (2002) and the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2005-06).


Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Equalities and Diversity

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Claire has contributed to media discussion on gender and politics and the impact of austerity on women, for example on BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour and BBC One's The Big Questions.