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Ambitious Women: Gender and Voter Perceptions of Candidate Ambition

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Harvard Graduate School of Education

Larsen Hall 203, 14 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA

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Doors will open at 6:00 pm for informal networking.

Refreshments and light savory and sweet snacks will be served.

Are ambitious women punished in politics? Building on literature from negotiation, Dr. Sparsha Saha, Preceptor in the Harvard College Writing Programspecializing in gender and politics, will show that women candidates who are perceived to be ambitious are more likely to face social backlash, and that this may be conditioned by respondent partisanship, political identity, and gender. In her talk, Sparsha will first explore what the term “ambitious" means to voters, developing and testing a new multi-dimensional concept of perceived ambition, from desire to run for higher office to scope of agenda. She will then reveal results from two experiments that test the link between these "ambitious" traits and voter support for candidates. Sparsha’s presentation will be following by interactive Q&A.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Sparsha Saha is a Preceptor in the Harvard College Writing Program, where she teaches a course on gender and politics. For the academic year 2017-2018, she was also a Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University. From January 2015 to January 2017, Sparsha was a Lecturer at the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California, where she taught a wide range of courses in international law, war, and politics & religion. She received her Ph.D. in 2014 from Harvard University's Department of Government where she was affiliated with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences. Her current research focuses on women, politics, and experimental design. Prior to Harvard, Sparsha completed a B.A. at UC Berkeley.

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