Malu Gatto is a Scholar with the History and Public Policy Program at the Wilson Center. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher (Oberassistentin) at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich and a member of the Latin American Center. Previously, she was at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Oxford, where she completed my PhD (2016). From January 2019, she will be Assistant Professor (Lecturer) of Latin American Politics at the Institute of the Americas at University College London. 

​Gatto's current book project tackles the puzzle of why male-dominated legislatures adopt gender quotas and offers the first theory and analysis of gender quota adoptions centered around the behavior of male legislators.

​More generally, her work explores questions about the gendered dynamics of political behavior, representation, and policy-making with a regional focus on Latin America, especially Brazil. For instance, she is currently developing projects on the impact of Dilma Rousseff's impeachment to the perception of women in politics in Brazil; the ways in informal recruitment and appointment practices affect women's political presence; and, the gendered consequences of political dynasties.

​Gatto was born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Before starting her doctoral studies, she completed an MSc in Politics Research (2012) from Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, and a BA (2011) from Barnard College, Columbia University.