I am professor of political science at the University of New Mexico, co-PI and deputy director of ADVANCE at UNM, a NSF-funded program to promote women and minority STEM faculty, and Special Advisor for Inclusion and Climate, UNM School of Engineering. I work on gender equality, women’s rights, race and ethnicity, Latin American politics, and diversity and inclusion in the academy. You can reach me at [email protected]


Our Book:

The Logics of Gender Justice
Sex and the State
Mala Htun Book

Research Area/s:

Comparative Politics

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Office: SSCO 2041Drop In Hours: FA23: Wed 1:30pm-3:00pm, Zoom, by appointment only

Education: PhD, Harvard University, 2000

Mala Htun is Professor of Political Science, co-PI and deputy director of ADVANCE at UNM, and special advisor for inclusion and climate in the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She works on women’s rights, social inequalities, and strategies to promote inclusion and diversity.  Htun is the author of three books, most recently The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights around the World, co-authored with Laurel Weldon (Cambridge Press, 2018), and numerous scholarly articles. She serves as chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession of the American Political Science Association and co-chaired the Presidential Task Force on Women’s Advancement. In 2015, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She has been a fellow at the Kellogg Institute of the University of Notre Dame and the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard, and held the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Japan. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and a A.B. in international relations from Stanford. She was an assistant and then associate professor at the New School for Social Research from 2000-2011.

Recent accomplishments:

Best Book Award, Human Rights Section of the International Studies Association for

States and the Logics of Gender Justice (2019)

Recognized by New Mexico Senate and House of Representatives for “scholarly achievement in the social sciences and keen awareness of the human dimensions of global problems” (2016)

Andrew Carnegie Fellow (2015)


Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on

Women’s Rights around the World (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Mala Htun, Inclusion Without Representation in Latin America: Gender Quotas and

Ethnic Reservations (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Mala Htun, Sex and the State: Abortion, Divorce, and the Family under Latin American

Dictatorships and Democracies (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003).