I am professor of political science at the University of New Mexico and co-PI and deputy director of ADVANCE at UNM, a NSF-funded program to promote women and minority STEM faculty. I work on comparative politics, women’s rights, politics of race and ethnicity, and Latin American politics. I am co-chairing the APSA Presidential Task Force on Women’s Advancement and chairing APSA’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession. You can reach me at malahtun [at] gmail [dot] com.

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BIO: Mala Htun is Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico and co-PI and deputy director of ADVANCE at UNM. She is the author of Inclusion Without Representation in Latin America: Gender Quotas and Ethnic Reservations (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Sex and the State: Abortion, Divorce, and the Family under Latin American Dictatorships and Democracies (Cambridge Press, 2003), and The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights around the World (book forthcoming from Cambridge, co-authored with Laurel Weldon). In 2015, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Formerly, she held the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, and was a fellow at the Kellogg Institute of the University of Notre Dame and the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard. She has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Norwegian Research Council, Social Science Research Council, and National Security Education Program. She has served as a consultant to the World Bank, UN Women, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Inter-American Dialogue. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and a A.B. in international relations from Stanford, and was Assistant and then Associate Professor at the New School for Social Research from 2000-2011.

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  1. Reading for an upcoming presentation on your work on Gender and Ethnicity (2004). Really enjoyed reading your article and learning about the intersectionalities between gender and ethnic identities. How quotes/reservation systems are not always favourably looked at by other groups in a polity. Just wanted to thank you for the amazing work you do. 🙂

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