My dissertation, currently titled "Evaluating Competitive Women: Use of Stereotypes in Static and Dynamic Evaluations of Elections Between Two Female Candidates", examines the under-studied phenomenon of elections between two women and voters' simultaneous evaluation of competing candidates.
Chapter 1 outlines my theory of gender saturation, wherein I posit that elections between two women result in voter reliance on stereotypes at a higher rate than when evaluating mixed-gender or all-male elections. I leverage two survey experiments to support my theory.
Chapter 2 digs deeper into gender saturation theory, elucidating the evaluatory process voters undertake with the Dynamic Process Tracing Environment (DPTE).
Chapter 3 turns to the Cooperative Congressional Election Survey to consider whether my theory and experimental results apply to a 'real world' setting.