Ekaterina R. Rashkova is an Assistant Professor at the Utrecht School of Governance (USG), Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where she teaches introductory and upper-level classes in comparative political analysis, public administration, European governance and global problems. Her research focuses on the effect of institutional arrangements on political behavior. At the moment she is interested in substantive representation of women in conservative parties and on comparative electoral law and its effect on party system development. Prior to joining USG, Ekaterina has worked at the University of Innsbruck (Austria), Leiden University (Netherlands) and Sussex University (UK). During the 2015-2016 academic year, she was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) as a EURIAS Junior Fellow. Her project there examined the development and change in electoral law in ten Central and East European states. Ekaterina received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh (USA) in 2010. Her dissertation Political Learning and the Number of Parties: Why Age Matters won the UniCredit and Universities Foundation Best CEE PhD Thesis Award in May 2011. She is co-editor of European Political Science.