Mala Htun


Title with Advance at UNM:

Deputy director

Your background in academia:

Mala Htun is political science professor at the University of New Mexico. She is the author of three books: “Inclusion Without Representation in Latin America: Gender Quotas and Ethnic Reservations” (Cambridge University Press, 2016), “Sex and the State: Abortion, Divorce, and the Family under Latin American Dictatorships and Democracies” (Cambridge, 2003), and “The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights around the World,” co-authored with Laurel Weldon (forthcoming from Cambridge).

In 2015, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Formerly, she held the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, and was a fellow at the Kellogg Institute of the University of Notre Dame and the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard. She has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Norwegian Research Council, Social Science Research Council, and National Security Education Program. She has served as a consultant to the World Bank, UN Women, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Inter-American Dialogue. She holds a doctoral degree 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.

Why were you attracted to the project?

I’ve worked on women and politics for more than 20 years and have seen that even when some women advance to senior positions, institutional climates and everyday practices often persist that make it tough for other women to realize their potential and contribute to the greater good. In addition, I believe that institutional changes that benefit women are good for everyone.

What’s that one cool thing about you?

I have been a dedicated ashtanga yoga practitioner for 16 years.