Mala Htun

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American political scientist

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Mala Htun is a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. She earned an A.B. in international relations from Stanford University and an A.M. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

She taught at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College for over a decade, during which time she was a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies based at the University of Notre Dame, and a Hitachi International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Her dissertation won the Best Dissertation Prize from the Women and Politics section of the American Political Science Association. She has written three books regarding gender issues, Sex and the State: Abortion, Divorce and the Family Under Latin American Dictatorships and Democracies , Inclusion without Representation: Gender Quotas and Ethnic Reservations in Latin America , and The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights Around the World , which was awarded the Human Rights Best Book Award from the International Studies Association.

Her work on gender politics and women’s economic agency has resulted in significant contributions to our understanding of how public policy impacts women specifically. For this work, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in 2015.

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According to Wikipedia, Mala Htun is an American political scientist, currently a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. Htun studies comparative politics, particularly women's rights and the politics of race and ethnicity with a focus on Latin America.

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