UCL Institute of the Americas


Dr Malu Gatto

Dr Malu Gatto


Associate Professor of Latin American Politics

Inclusion Lead

On research leave for Term 1, 2022-2023



Malu A. C. Gatto is Associate Professor of Latin American Politics at the Institute of the Americas at University College London (UCL) and Global Fellow at the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. Previously, she was a post-doctoral researcher (Oberassistentin) at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich.

She completed her doctoral studies at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford (DPhil, 2016). She also holds an MSc in Politics Research (2012) from Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, and a BA (2011) from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Research summary

Malu’s work explores questions about political behaviour, representation, policy-making, and gender and politics with a regional focus on Latin America, especially Brazil. Her research has been published at Comparative Political Studies, the British Journal of Political ScienceParty PoliticsDemocratization, and Politics & Gender, among others. 

Teaching Summary


AMER0052: Gender, Politics and Society of the Americas

Postgraduate Taught:

AMER0042: Gender, Politics, and Public Policy in Latin America

Research supervision

Dr Gatto welcomes applications from those interested in undertaking PhD research on topics related to political behaviour; political representations; electoral participation and electoral systems; gender, politics and public policy; and Brazilian politics.

Media appearances

Malu often provides analysis on Brazilian politics and women’s political representation for the media and has appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, the BBCEl País, and other outlets. These can be accessed here