Dr. Gabrielle Bardall, Senior Gender Specialist
As the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) senior gender specialist, Dr. Gabrielle Bardall is responsible for providing strategic leadership and technical assistance to IFES’ work in empowering women’s political participation and promoting inclusive governance. A thought-leader and advocate for political gender equality, Dr. Bardall has experience working on electoral assistance and gender issues in over 35 countries worldwide. Bilingual in French, accomplishments include pioneering the field of violence against women in elections with IFES and serving in multiple senior-level advisory positions for U.S. and European NGOs and international organizations.
Prior to her current position with IFES, Dr. Bardall advanced democracy and women’s rights issues in a personal office in the U.S. House of Representatives and worked with the Africa team at the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, as a 2016-17 American Political Science Association (APSA) congressional fellow. Her recent scholarly writing appears in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia, and scientific journals including Democratization and Politics, Groups and Identities. Contributions to policy and practice include writings on Canada’s international development strategy as well as United Nations Development Programme/UN Women’s “Preventing violence against women in Elections: A programming guide” and “Inclusive Electoral Processes: A Guide for Electoral Management Bodies on Promoting Gender Equality and Women's Participation.” She has spent extensive time working overseas with IFES and other international and non-profit organizations, and is an expert-level Building Resources in Democracy Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) facilitator.
Dr. Bardall holds degrees from McGill University (B.A), the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (M.A.) and the Université de Montréal (Ph.D.). A 2012 Trudeau Scholar and alumna of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, Dr. Bardall has held visiting appointments with the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs (APSA) and Uppsala University’s Department of Peace and Conflict Research. She is currently a senior fellow with the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies and serves as a trustee for a non-profit charity fund for women’s empowerment and a volunteer with the Special Olympics.