Bio

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 gender, 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 was Vice President of the American Political Science Association in 2020-2021. She has been an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, a fellow at the Kellogg Institute of the University of Notre Dame, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard, and she has held the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, among other honors. Htun has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Social Science Research Council, and the National Security Education Program and worked as a consultant for the World Bank, UN Women, Inter-American Development Bank, and Inter-American Dialogue. 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.

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