Diana O'Brien

Fulbright-University of Vienna Visiting Professor

Home Institution
Rice University
Political Science
Host Institution
University of Vienna
March 1, 2020–June 30, 2020

Diana Z. O'Brien is the Albert Thomas Associate Professor of Political Science at Rice University. Her research and teaching focuses on the causes and consequences of women's political representation in established democracies—including Western Europe and the United States—and across the globe. In particular, she studies gender and political parties, executive-branch politics, citizens' responses to women's presence in politics, and research methods. She has published articles on these topics in journals including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Politics & Gender, and Comparative Politics. News coverage of her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek, MSNBC, Newsweek, and multiple international outlets. While at the University of Vienna, she will be teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on gender and politics.