Fellowship / Fellows

Orit Kedar

  • 2022–2023
  • Social Sciences
  • Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
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Orit Kedar is an associate professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her principal research interests are comparative politics and political economy. In particular, she is interested in electoral politics, representation, electoral systems, party systems, and gender and politics. Her recent research, funded by the European Research Council and the Israel Science Foundation, examines how electoral districts affect representation and party systems. 

While at Radcliffe, Kedar will study the reversal of the gender gap in voting in the United States and beyond over the past six decades. Her study will focus on the drift of men toward conservatism, drawing on public opinion and labor market data and on changes in reproduction policy.  

Kedar is the former president of the European Political Science Association (2017–2019). Her work has appeared in such venues as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Political Analysis, and Public Opinion Quarterly. Her book, Voting for Policy, Not Parties: How Voters Compensate for Power Sharing (Cambridge University Press, 2009), won the William H. Riker Book Award from APSA’s Political Economy section. Her article “Are Voters Equal under Proportional Representation?” (American Journal of Political Science, July 2016) won the Lawrence Longley Award from APSA’s Representation and Electoral Systems section. Kedar earned her PhD in government from Harvard University and her MA in political science from Brown University.

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