Kristina Gushchina was awarded her doctorate by the University of Cologne in July 2020. In her dissertation project Gushchina researched the political representation of women in the post-Soviet space and factors influencing their (re-)election. Although women have been shown to be heavily underrepresented in state agencies, there has hitherto been no consensus among scholars as to the factors that are responsible for this situation. The fifteen countries of the post-Soviet space in particular are among those regions in which little research has been done to date. The dissertation aimed to close this gap with the first quantitative longitudinal study of factors impacting on women’s political representation in these countries. Kristina Gushchina was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy and the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP) at the University of Cologne between 2016 and 2020.