I am a political scientist from Vigo (Galicia, Spain). Before my PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, I did a MA in Political Science at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a BA in Law and Political Science at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. I've been extremely lucky that my educational training and academic career also made me a brief citizen of Bologna, Río de Janeiro, London and New York.
In all these places, I've been a witness and a participant of different stages regarding gender (in)equality and feminist movements. In Río de Janeiro, I was amazed by the power of a feminist protest in response to sexual violence. In Spain, I saw the transformation process from small protests - in response to a restriction attempt on abortion rights - to a massive feminist movement - sparked by a gang rape case - within the time span of a few years. In Florence, at the European University Institute, we organized the first feminist demonstration in response to the persistent inequalities within the institution.
All these experiences have shaped my research interest towards the changing dynamics of attitudes and behaviors, and have led me to study them with a focus on (but not only!) gender and feminist movements. My dissertation explores how bottom-up and top-down approaches, namely grassroots mobilizations in the former and elites in the latter, can shift beliefs towards women’s issues and feminism. So far, I am exploring this topic using survey experiments, design-based methods of causal inference with observational data, and text analysis.