Negotiating Gender Equality

Doctoral Dissertation (to be defended by June 2024)

In this book-length project, I examine when and why provisions related to women’s rights make their way into preferential trade agreements, a highly technical and complex form of international cooperation. I delve into the mechanisms behind the integration of these women’s rights legal commitments by illuminating the negotiation process and key political actors involved in this dynamic. I use a mixed-methods approach to answer this question, including elite interviews with trade negotiators and quantitative analysis using novel data on the classification of gender provisions.