Department of Political Science


Dr Orlanda Siow

Orlanda Ward

Orlanda Siow

Teaching Fellow in Qualitative Methods


Orlanda Siow successfully defended her PhD thesis in January 2017. She holds an ESRC-funded PhD in Political Science and an MA in Gender Studies (Distinction), both from University College London. Orlanda is currently serving as a Teaching Fellow in Qualitative Research Methods (P/T) at the Department. Prior to joining UCL, Orlanda worked for a variety of gender focused NGOs and as staff to a frontbench MP.

Research & Publications

Orlanda’s research focuses on the relationship between gender and politics. Her doctoral thesis explored the intersectional effects of candidate race and gender on news coverage of political campaigns. Publications from thesis include single-authored articles in Politics & Gender and the International Journal of Press/Politics.

Her research also considers the conditions for advancing women’s interests in developmental contexts, including the role of women’s coalitions. She is currently contributing to a large study of Gendered Thinking and Working Politically, and has previously been commissioned by the Pacific Leadership Program to produce a case study on advocacy for the ratification of CEDAW in Tonga.

Additionally, Orlanda’s work explores the role of performative masculinity, femininity and other identity markers in elite politics. Her analysis of gendered performance during televised political debates is forthcoming in Culture, Media & Society (co-authored with Emily Harmer & Heather Savigny). Further publications are detailed on her website.

Methodologically, Orlanda employs a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches, including qualitative and quantitative content analysis, critical discourse analysis, elite interviews and comparative analysis. She has taught both qualitative and quantitative methods at UCL.

She has previously been appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and as a Research Assistant to the Gender, Inequality and Power Commission at the London School of Economics.