Mala Htun


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PhD, Harvard University, 2000

Research Area/s:

Comparative Politics



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)

Select publications:


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).


Published in Spanish as Sexo y Estado: Aborto, divorcio y familia bajo

dictaduras y democracias

Articles and chapters (since 2015):

Mala Htun and Francesca Jensenius, “Political Change, Women’s Rights, and Public Opinion on Gender Equality in Myanmar,” European Journal of Development Research 32 (2020): 457-481.

Mala Htun and Francesca Jensenius, “Fighting Violence Against Women: Laws, Norms, and Challenges Ahead,” Daedalus 149, 1 (2020): 144-159.

Mala Htun and Francesca Jensenius, “Aspirational Laws as Weak Institutions: Legislation to Combat Violence against Women in Mexico,” Chapter in edited volume by Daniel M. Brinks, Steven Levitsky, and Victoria Murillo, Weak Institutions in Latin America (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press).

Samantha Cooney and Mala Htun, “Martinez, Susana. 2010 Gubernatorial Election,” in Mark P. Jones, ed. Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends (Santa Barbara, CA and Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO, 2020).

Mala Htun, “Promoting Diversity and Inclusion through Engagement: The APSA 2018 Hackathon,” PS: Political Science and Politics, Volume 52, Issue 4 (2019): 677-683.

Nadia Brown, Yusaku Horiuchi, Mala Htun, and David Samuels, “Gender Gaps in Perceptions of Political Science Journals.”PS: Political Science and Politics. Published online by Cambridge University Press, 30 August 2019.

Mala Htun, Francesca R. Jensenius, and Jami Nelson Nuñez, “Gender Discriminatory Laws and Women’s Economic Agency,” Social Politics 26, Issue 2 (Summer 2019): 193–222.Free access from OUP here. (authors listed alphabetically)

Mala Htun, Francesca R. Jensenius, and Liv Tønnessen, “Introduction to Special Issue of Social Politics: Legal Regimes, Women’s Work, and Women’s Empowerment,” Social Politics 26, Issue 2 (Summer 2019): 189–192. Special issue co-edited by Htun, Jensenius, and Tønnessen.

Carey, John M. and Carman, Kevin and Clayton, Katherine and Horiuchi, Yusaku and Htun, Mala N. and Ortiz, Brittany, “Who Wants to Hire a More Diverse Faculty? A Conjoint Analysis of Faculty and Student Preferences for Gender and Racial/Ethnic Diversity,” Politics, Groups, and Identities. Published online November 8, 2018. Pre-print available at SSRN. Replication data available here. (authors listed alphabetically)

Jensenius, Francesca R., Mala Htun, David J. Samuels, David A. Singer, Adria Lawrence, and Michael Chwe, “Benefits and Pitfalls of Google Scholar.” PS: Political Science & Politics 51no. 4 (2018): 820-824. Post-print here. (authors listed in certified random order)

Mala Htun and Francesca R. Jensenius, “Comparative analysis for theory development: Lessons from a study of women’s empowerment,” QMMR: Qualitative and Multi-Method Research 16, 1 (Spring 2018): 28-33.

Clara Araújo, Anna Calasanti, and Mala Htun, “Women, Power, and Policy in Brazil,” in Leslie Schwindt Bayer, ed., Gender and Representation in Latin America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).

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, 2017). see proof here.

Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, “Religious Power, the State, Women’s Rights, and Family Law.” Politics & Gender 11 (2015). Supplementary materials hereLink to replication files.

Other recent writing:

Mala Htun, “Tenure and Promotion after the Pandemic,” Science, June 4, 2020.

Mala Htun and Francesca R. Jensenius, “The news media’s reporting on a pandemic spike in violence against women. It might actually be declining,”  Washington Post, April 24, 2030. 

Mala Htun, “Legislating Affirmative Consent is Misguided,” Albuquerque Journal, February 4, 2019.

Mala Htun, “Brasileiros: aprendam com nossos erros,” Folha de São Paulo, October 20, 2018.

Mala Htun and Courtney Jung, “Critical DialogueLactivism and Inclusion without Representation.” Perspectives on Politics 15, 2 (June 2017).

Mala Htun, “Emergence of an Organized Politics of Race in Latin America,” in Juliet Hooker and Alvin Tillery, eds. The Double Bind: The Politics of Racial and Class Inequalities in the Americas. Report of the APSA Task Force on Race and Class in the Americas. Washington, D.C.: American Political Science Association, 2016. get whole TF report here.  Htun chapter is here.

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 JournalOctober 26, 2015.