Kang to Speak Friday on Issue-Specific Mobilization in Muslim and Non-Muslim Africa

Alice J. Kang
Alice J. Kang

Alice J. Kang, assistant professor of Political Science at UNL, will present "Bringing International Women's Rights Home: Issue-Specific Mobilization in Muslim and Non-Muslim Africa" at 2 p.m. Friday, March 9 in Hardin Hall 228. Her talk is part of the geography seminar series.

Abstract: Using event history analysis, I examine whether issue-specific mobilization influences the adoption of two different types of women’s rights reforms: the ratification of the African Union’s Protocol on the Rights of Women and the adoption of gender quotas. To measure mobilization by issue, over time, and across countries, I code national newspapers from 43 Muslim and non-Muslim African countries between 2000 and 2010. Controlling for dominant religion, international influence, regime type, and wealth, I find that issue-specific mobilization significantly increases the likelihood of women’s rights reform. Moreover, Muslim-majority countries are as likely to ratify the AU treaty and are more likely to adopt gender quotas than are non-Muslim countries.

Biographical Sketch: Kang is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2010, she earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kang received a Fulbright Hays award to conduct research in the Republic of Niger and Benin. Before entering into academia, she worked for IFES in Washington, D.C., and volunteered in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso.

For more information please contact James Merchant, jmerchant1@unl.edu.

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/xxi