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Mala Htun SEPTEMBER 2016
Ph.D., 2000, Political Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
A.M., 1996, Political Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
A.B., 1991, International Relations, with Honors and Distinction, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Professor of Political Science
2015 – present (Associate Professor 2011-2015)
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Associate Professor of Political Science
2007-2011 (Assistant Professor 2000-2007)
New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College
New York, NY
Select Fellowships and Awards
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)
Best Paper at 2007 Annual Meeting (2008), Women in Politics Research Section
American Political Science Association
Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow in Japan (2006-2007)
Heinz Eulau Award for the best article in Perspectives on Politics in 2004 (2005)
American Political Science Association
Visiting Fellow, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame (2004)
Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2002-2003)
Prize for the Best Dissertation on Women and Politics in 2000 (2001)
Women and Politics Research Section
American Political Science Association
Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action and Women’s Rights Around the World. Book forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
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). Published in Spanish as Sexo y Estado: Aborto, divorcio y familia bajo dictaduras y democracias en América Latina (Santiago: Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, 2010).
Articles in Journals
Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, “Religious Power, the State, Women’s Rights, and Family Law.” Politics & Gender 11 (September 2015): 1-27.
Mala Htun, Cheryl O’Brien, and S. Laurel Weldon, “Movilización feminista y políticas sobre violencia contra las mujeres,” Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica 14, no. 1 (January-March 2014): 2- 13.
Mala Htun and G. Bingham Powell, et. al., “Between Science and Engineering: Reflections on the APSA Presidential Task Force on Political Scientists, Electoral Rules, and Democratic Governance.” Perspectives on Politics 11, 3 (September 2013): 808-840. [Adapted and Abridged Version of APSA Task Force Report]
Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, “Feminist Mobilization and Progressive Policy Change: Why Governments Take Action to Combat VAW,” Gender and Development 21, 2 (July 2013): 231-249.
Mala Htun and Juan Pablo Ossa, “Political Inclusion of Marginalized Groups: Gender Parity and Indigenous Reservations in Bolivia.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 1, 1 (March 2013): 4-25.
Mala Htun, Marina Lacalle, and Juan Pablo Micozzi, “Does Women’s Presence Change Legislative Behavior? Evidence from Argentina.” Journal of Politics in Latin America 2, 1 (2013): 95-125.
Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, “Civic Origins of Progressive Policy Change: Combating Violence Against Women in Global Perspective.” American Political Science Review 106, 3 (August 2012): 548-569.
Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, “State Power, Religion, and Women’s Rights: Comparative Analysis of Family Law,” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 18, no. 1 (Winter 2011).
Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, “When do Governments Promote Women’s Rights? A Framework for the Comparative Analysis of Sex Equality Policy,” Perspectives on Politics 8, no. 1 (March 2010): 207-216.
Mala Htun and Timothy J. Power, “Gender, Parties, and Support for Equal Rights in the Brazilian Congress,” Latin American Politics and Society 48, no. 4 (Winter 2006): 83-104.
Mala Htun, “What It Means to Study Gender and the State,” Politics and Gender 1, no. 1 (Fall 2005): 157-166.
Mala Htun, “Is Gender Like Ethnicity? The Political Representation of Identity Groups,” Perspectives on Politics 2, no. 3 (September 2004): 439-458.
Mala Htun, “From Racial Democracy to Affirmative Action: Changing State Policy on Race in Brazil,” Latin American Research Review 39, no. 1 (February 2004): 60-89. Abridged version also published in: NACLA Report on the Americas (January-February 2005).
Mala Htun, “Puzzles of Women’s Rights in Brazil,” Social Research 69, no 3 (Fall 2002): 733-751.
Mala Htun, “A política de cotas na América Latina,” Estudos Feministas 9, no. 1 (2001): 225-230.
Mala Htun, “Women in Latin America: Unequal Progress toward Equality,” Current History 98, no. 626 (March 1999): 133-138.
Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, “States and the Logic of Gender Justice,” in Kimberly Morgan and Ann Shola Orloff, eds. Many Hands of the State (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
Mala Htun, Jennifer M. Piscopo, and Sophia von Bergen, “Women in Politics in Latin America,” in Wilhelm Hofmeister, Megha Sarmah, and Dilpreet Kaur, eds. Women, Policy and Political Leadership (Singapore, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2014).
Mala Htun, “Political Inclusion and Representation of Afrodescendant Women in Latin America,” in Maria Escobar-Lemmon and Michelle Taylor-Robinson, eds. Representation: The Case of Women (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Mala Htun, “Sex and the State in Latin America,” in Mona Lena Krook and Sara Childs, eds. Women, Gender, and Politics: A Reader (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010). [excerpt of Sex and the State]
Mala Htun, “Life, Liberty, and Family Values: Church and State in the Struggle Over Abortion in Latin America,” in Frances Hagopian, ed. Contemporary Catholicism, Religious Pluralism, and Democracy in Latin America (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009).
Mala Htun, “Political Inclusion: Women, Blacks, and Indigenous Peoples,” in Jorge Domínguez and Michael Shifter, eds. Constructing Democratic Governance, 3rd Edition (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).
Mala Htun, “Gender Equality in Transition Polities: Comparative Perspectives on Cuba,” in Looking Forward: Cuba’s Democratic Transition, edited by Marifeli Pérez-Stable (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007; Spanish edition published by Editorial Colibrí, 2006).
Mala Htun, “Democracy and Political Inclusion: The Andes in Comparative Perspective,” in Nadando contra la corriente: Mujeres y cuotas políticas en los países andinos, ed. Magdalena León (Quito and Lima: UNIFEM, 2005).
Mala Htun, “Women, Political Parties and Electoral Systems in Latin America,” in Women in Parliament. Beyond Numbers. A New Edition, eds. Julie Ballington and Azza Karam (Stockholm: International IDEA, 2005).
Mala Htun, “Learning from Gender Quotas,” in Social Inclusion and Economic Development in Latin America, eds. Mayra Buvinic and Jacqueline Mazza (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).
Mala Htun, “Women and Democracy,” in Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, 2nd Edition, eds. Jorge I. Domínguez and Michael Shifter (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003). Also translated into Spanish.
Mala Htun and Mark P. Jones, “Engendering the Right to Participate in Decisionmaking: Electoral Quotas and Women’s Leadership in Latin America,” in Gender and the Politics of Rights and Democracy in Latin America, eds. Nikki Craske and Maxine Molyneux (London: Palgrave, 2002). Also published in: Parity Democracy in the Construction of Europe, ed. Paloma Saavedra Ruiz (Madrid: CELEM, 2000).
Mala Htun, “Mujeres y poder político en Latinoamérica,” in Mujeres en el parlamento: Más allá de los números, eds. Myriam Méndez-Montalvo and Julie Ballington (Stockholm: International IDEA, 2002).
Mala Htun, “Culture, Institutions, and Gender Inequality in Latin America,” in Culture Matters: Values and Human Progress, eds. Lawrence Harrison and Samuel Huntington (New York: Basic Books, 2000).
Mala Htun, “Women’s Rights and Opportunities in Latin America: Problems and Prospects,” in Civil Society and the Summit of the Americas, eds. Richard Feinberg and Robin Rosenberg (Miami: The North-South Center Press, 1999).
Mala Htun, “Emergence of an Organized Politics of Race in Latin America,” in Juliet Hooker and Alvin Tillery, eds. Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Americas. Report of the APSA Task Force on Race and Class in the Americas. Forthcoming, APSA.
Mala Htun, “DA-RT and the Social Conditions of Knowledge Production in Political Science,” APSA-CP Newsletter, Spring 2016.
Mala Htun, “A Culture of Lawlessness on Albuquerque’s Roadways,” Albuquerque Journal, October 26, 2015.
Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, “Progressive Policy Change on Women’s Economic and Social Rights.” Background Paper for Progress of the World’s Women. UN Women, United Nations, NY, NY. 2014. 87 pp.
Mala Htun and Jennifer Piscopo, “Women and Politics and Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. CPPF Working Papers on Women in Politics, no. 2. Social Science Research Council. New York, NY, 2014. 39 pp. Available at: http://webarchive.ssrc.org/working-papers/CPPF_WomenInPolitics_02_Htun_Piscopo.pdf
Mala Htun and G. Bingham Powell, eds. Political Science, Electoral Rules, and Democratic Governance. Report of the APSA Task Force on Electoral Rules and Democratic Governance. Washington, D.C.: APSA, 2013. 130 pp. Available at: https://www.apsanet.org/content_86108.cfm?navID=1060. [Adapted and abridged version appeared in Perspectives on Politics 11, 3 (September 2013): 808-840]
Mala Htun and G. Bingham Powell, “Between Science and Engineering: Political Science, Electoral Rules, and Democratic Governance,” in Htun and Powell, eds. Political Science, Electoral Rules, and Democratic Governance. Report of the APSA Task Force on Electoral Rules and Democratic Governance. Washington, D.C.: APSA, 2013, pp. 1-13.
Mala Htun, “The Politics of Policies to Promote Gender Justice.” The Democracy Papers. An Anxiety of Democracy Essay Collection. Social Science Research Council. 2014. Available at: http://thedemocracypapers.ssrc.org/the-politics-of-policies-to-promote-gender-justice/
Mala Htun, “Political Science Plays Crucial Role in Public Policy.” Albuquerque Journal, July 11, 2012.
Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, “Explaining Sex Equality in Family Law: Historical Legacies, Feminist Activism, and Religious Power in 70 Countries.” World Development Report 2012. Background Paper. World Bank, Washington, D.C. 73 pp. Available at: http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTWDR2012/Resources/7778105-1299699968583/7786210-1322671773271/Htun-Weldon-family-law-paper-april-11.pdf
Mala Htun, “Intersectional Disadvantage and Political Inclusion: Getting More Afrodescendant Women into Elected Office in Latin America.” Inter-American Development Bank, Gender and Diversity Division, Program for Women’s Leadership and Representation. Washington, D.C. October 2011. 64 pp. Available at: http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getdocument.aspx?docnum=36945627. Also published in Spanish as: “Desventaja interseccional e inclusión política.” Available at: http://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=36954231.
Mala Htun and Jennifer Piscopo, “Presence Without Empowerment? Women and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Social Science Research Council. December 2010. 24 pp. Available at: http://webarchive.ssrc.org/pdfs/Mala_Htun_and_Jennifer_M._Piscopo-Presence_without_Empowerment_CPPF_Briefing_Paper_Dec_2010_f.pdf
Mala Htun, “Playing Brazil’s Race Card.” Foreign Policy. November/December 2005. Available at: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2005/11/09/playing_brazils_race_card
Mala Htun, Review of Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil, by Edward E. Telles, Political Science Quarterly (Summer 2005).
Mala Htun, Review of Rising Tide: Cultural Change and Gender Equality, by Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris, Comparative Political Studies 37, no. 6 (August 2004).
Mala Htun, “Dimensions of Political Inclusion and Exclusion in Brazil: Gender and Race.” Sustainable Development Department Technical Papers Series, Inter-American Development Bank, 2003.
Mala Htun, “Using Gender Quotas to Increase Women’s Representation in Politics: Experiences and Challenges.” Paper Prepared for the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Education and Gender Equality. Washington: Center for Global Development, 2003.
Mala Htun, Review of Unfinished Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936-1996, by Elisabeth Friedman, Women and Politics 25, nos. 1-2 (2003).
Mala Htun, Review of Radical Women in Latin America: Left and Right, eds. Victoria Gonzáles and Karen Kampwirth, Political Science Quarterly 117, 4 (Winter 2002-3).
Mala Htun, Review of Women, Religion, and Social Change in Brazil’s Popular Church, by Carol Ann Drogus, American Political Science Review 96, no. 1 (March 2002).
Mala Htun, Women and Power in the Americas. A Report Card. Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Dialogue, 2001.
Mala Htun, “Women’s Leadership in Latin America: Trends and Challenges” and “Closing the Gap between Abstract Rights and Effective Rights: The Need for Executive Action,” in Politics Matters: A Dialogue of Women Political Leaders. Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Dialogue, 2001.
Mala Htun, “Advancing Women’s Rights in the Americas: Achievements and Challenges.” Working Paper. Leadership Council for Inter-American Summitry, North-South Center, University of Miami, 2001.
Mala Htun, “Women’s Political Participation, Representation and Leadership in Latin America.” Women’s Leadership Conference of the Americas Issue Brief. Inter-American Dialogue/International Center for Research on Women, 1998.
Mala Htun, “Women’s Rights and Opportunities in Latin America: Problems and Prospects.” Women’s Leadership Conference of the Americas Issue Brief. Inter-American Dialogue/International Center for Research on Women, 1998.
Mala Htun, “Moving into Power: Strategies to Expand Women’s Opportunities for Leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank, Women in Development Program Unit, Social Programs and Sustainable Development Department, 1997.
Clara Araújo, Anna Calasanti, and Mala Htun, “Women, Power, and Policy in Brazil,” article for book, Women’s Representation in Latin America, edited by Leslie Schwindt Bayer.
Mala Htun and Francesca Refsum Jensenius, “Institutionalizing Gender Equality: Anti-Discrimination Laws and Social Norms in Mexico.”
Mala Htun and Shannon Sanchez-Youngman, “Inequality, Social Policy, and Early Childhood Well Being in New Mexico.”
Mala Htun and Francesca Refsum Jensenius, “Violation against Women as a Violation of Human Rights? Legal Power and the Resilience of Social Norms in Mexico.”
Research Funding (does not include consulting contracts with international organizations)
ADVANCE at UNM: Institute for Diversity and Equity Across STEM.
National Science Foundation
PI: Julia Fulghum; Co-PIs: Mala Htun, Felipe Gonzales, Mary Jo Daniel, Stephanie Forrest.
Legal Regimes and Women’s Economic Agency
Norwegian Research Council
PI: Francesca Refsum Jensenius
9/2016-6/2019: 7,000,000 NOK
Subcontractor: Mala Htun. 600,000 NOK (approx. $70,110)
New Mexico Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement and Science on Health Disparities Pilot Research Projects
National Institutes of Health
PI: Robert L. Williams
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2015. $301,012
Includes pilot project:
Improving Maternal Child Health in New Mexico: The Impact of Home Visitation Policies on Social Support.
Project Lead: Mala Htun. $102,148
Intersectional Disadvantage and Maternal-Child Health in New Mexico
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico
PIs: Mala Htun and Richard Wood
07/01/13 – 05/30/2014. $20,000
Collaborative Research. States and Sex Equality: Why do Governments Promote Women’s Rights?
National Science Foundation
PI: Mala Htun
2006 – 2011. $244,396
Select Professional Service
Editorial Board, Perspectives on Politics (2011-present)
Editorial Board, Comparative Political Studies (2013-present)
Editorial Board, Social Politics (2015-present)
Editorial Board, Political Research Quarterly (2016-present)
Co-Chair (with Frances Rosenbluth), APSA Presidential Task Force on Women’s Advancement in Political Science, President-Elect Kathleen Thelen (2016-2018)
Program Co-Chair, Politics and Policy, Latin American Studies Association (2016-2017)
Program Co-Chair, Economic Development, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2015-2016)
Chair, Luebbert Article Award Committee for the best article in Comparative Politics, Comparative Politics Section, American Political Science Association (2015)
Member, Presidential Task Force on Racial and Class Inequalities in the Americas, American Political Science Association, President Rodney Hero (co-chairs Juliet Hooker and Alvin Tillery) (2014-2015)
Advisory Board, Presidential Task Force on Public Engagement of Political Science, American Political Science Association, President John Aldrich (chair Arthur Lupia) (2013- 2014)
Chair, Presidential Task Force on Electoral Rules and Democratic Governance, American Political Science Association, President G. Bingham Powell (2011-2013)
Co-President, Women and Politics Research Section, American Political Science Association (2012-2014 term)
Annual Meeting Divisional Program co-chair, Women and Politics Research Section, American Political Science Association (2012)
Advisory Board, The Electoral Integrity Project (2012-present)
Elected to Executive Council of American Political Science Association (2010-2012 term)
Award Committee, Charles Tilly Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper, Social Science Historical Association (2012)
Award Committee, Best Dissertation Prize, Women and Politics Research Section, APSA (2011, 2004)
Division Program Co-Chair, Gender Studies Section, Latin American Studies Association (2009-2010)
Award Committee, Victoria Shuck Prize for the Best Book on Women and Politics, American Political Science Association (2009)
Member, Editorial Board, Politics & Gender (2004-2006)