Brian Turnbull, Ph. D

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Title: Visiting Instructor of ISS

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Phone: 941-359-4290


Area of Interest: Democratic representation, gender and politics, South Asian Politics, and ethnic conflict.

Brian Turnbull, PhD is a Visiting Instructor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, focusing on comparative politics and American government. He received his PhD in political science with focuses in comparative politics and international relations from the University of Kansas. Prior, he received his MA in security studies from Georgetown University.

His research agenda focuses on the use of gender quotas to improve representational equality in the global South. Dr. Turnbull conducted Fulbright-funded fieldwork in India, where he gathered interviews from city councilors in Jaipur, Rajsathan. Based on this research, he is working on a book proposal entitled, “Women Who Only Serve Chai: Gender Reservations and Autonomy in India”, which uses these interview narratives to assess the ability of gender-reserved seats to establish women’s substantive representation. Side-projects include discussions on the qualitative research challenges he encountered in his fieldwork in India, as well as a quantitative examination of whether gender quotas encourage women candidates to compete outside of gender reservations in Indian municipal corporations.

Dr. Turnbull’s research and teaching interests are in democratic representation, gender and politics, South Asian politics, and ethnic conflict. He also teaches the ISS Internship course.