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Melody Ellis Valdini (Ph.D. 2006, University of California, San Diego) is an assistant professor of Political Science. She teaches courses on Comparative Politics, including classes such as "Elections and Parties in Europe" and "Gender and Politics: A Comparative Perspective." Professor Valdini also serves as the Political Science Honors advisor, the Model United Nations advisor, and is an affiliate of the Center for Women, Politics, and Policy . Her research examines elections, parties, and representation, with a particular focus on the effects of electoral system variables on the representation of women. Her recent publications include articles in the American Journal of Political Science, and she is currently completing a book manuscript on the effect of the "personal vote" on the representation of women.