Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon is Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. She received her B.S. from Georgetown University and an MA and PhD from the University of Arizona. She has long served on the Departmental and College Diversity Committees and is currently serving as Associate Department Head. Her research examines how democratic institutions affect representation and participation, with a regional focus on Latin America and special emphasis on the representation of women. In research focused at the national level, her current collaborative work examines participation and representation first, by exploring the involvement of women in presidential cabinets and second, by identifying the determinants of women’s representation on high courts. In sub-nationally focused research, she examines the consequences of decentralization for the functioning of government, the representation of citizen preferences, and the participation of citizens. Her research combines statistical techniques with in-depth field research in specific countries. She has done field research in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Venezuela and has received funding from the National Science Foundation as well as the Tinker Foundation. Her research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and Publius: the Journal of Federalism. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book Representation: The Case of Women (with Michelle Taylor-Robinson).