Alice J. Kang

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Institute for Ethnic Studies/African and African-American Studies
Affiliate, Women's and Gender Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

511 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588
akang2 (at)

I teach and conduct research on comparative politics with a regional focus on Africa. Instead of seeing Africa as weak or ungoverned, I am interested in the diverse and dynamic realities under which women and men seek to improve their lives. My work examines women's activism in Niger and across Africa, gender quotas, and women's representation. My next book project investigates the appointment of women to high courts around the world (funded by the National Science Foundation). Before joining UNL, I obtained my PhD in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, worked for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Washington, D.C., and was a Peace Corps community health volunteer in Sourgoubila, Burkina Faso.


Kang, Alice. 2015. Bargaining for Women's Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy. University of Minnesota Press. [UMN Press] [Amazon] [IndieBooks] Media coverage: [Monkey Cage]

[Introduction PDF], posted with permission

African Studies Review, 
Canadian Journal of Political Science, International Feminist Journal of PoliticsJournal of Modern African Studies, Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, Mobilization: An International QuarterlyPerspectives on Politics"Highly Recommended" by CHOICE
Journal Articles

Medie, Peace A. and Alice J. Kang. 2018. "Power, Knowledge, and the Politics of Gender in the Global South." European Journal of Politics & Gender 1 (1-2): 37-53. [Online version] [Open-Access]
    * Winner of the 2019 EJPG Best Paper Award

Kang, Alice J. and Aili Mari Tripp. 2018. "Coalitions Matter: Citizenship, Women, and Quota Adoption in Africa." Perspectives on Politics 16 (1): 73-91. [Pre-publication manuscript] [Online version] [Replication files .zip]

Escobar-Lemmon, Maria, Valerie Hoekstra, Alice Kang, and Miki Kittilson. 2016. "Just the Facts? Media Coverage of Female and Male High Court Appointees in Five Democracies." Politics & Gender 12 (2): 254-74. [Open-access PDF]

Dawuni, Josephine and Alice Kang. 2015. "Her Ladyship Chief Justice: The Rise of Female Leaders in the Judiciary in Africa." Africa Today 62 (5): 45-69. [Open-access PDF]

Kang, Alice. 2013. "The Effect of Gender Quota Laws on the Election of Women: Lessons from Niger." Women's Studies International Forum 41 (2): 94-102. [Open-access PDF]

Kang, Alice. 2009. "Studying Oil, Islam, and Women as if Political Institutions Mattered." Politics & Gender 5 (4): 560-68. [Open-access PDF]

Tripp, Aili Mari and Alice Kang. 2008. "The Global Impact of Quotas: On the Fast Track to Increased Female Legislative Representation." Comparative Political Studies 41 (3): 338-61. [Open-access PDF] [Excel data] | [Stata data] | [Codebook]

Adams, Melinda and Alice Kang. 2007. "Women’s Regional Advocacy Networks and the African Union Protocol on the Rights of Women." Politics & Gender 3 (3): 451-74. [Open-access PDF]

Book Chapters

Kang, Alice. 2016. "Benin: Women Judges Promoting Women's Rights." In Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From Obscurity to Parity?, edited by Gretchen Bauer and Josephine Dawuni. New York: Routledge

Kang, Alice. 2014. "How Civil Society Represents Women: Feminists, Catholics, and Mobilization Strategies in Africa." In Representation: The Case of Women, edited by Maria Escobar-Lemmon and Michelle Taylor-Robinson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 137-57. [Open-access PDF]

Work in Progress

High Courts and Gender. Book Project (with Maria Escobar-Lemmon, Valerie Hoekstra, and Miki Kittilson). Based on "
Collaborative Research on Diffusing Equality: International Influences on Women’s Appointment to High Courts." National Science Foundation Grant SES 1323949, 2013-17.  [Website]

"Breaking the Judicial Glass Ceiling" (with Maria Escobar-Lemmon, Valerie Hoekstra, and Miki Kittilson). Under review.

"External Threats and Women's Political Equality" (with Nam Kyu Kim).


*I have been gauging the gender and racial diversity of my readings through Jane Lawrence Sumner's How Diverse is Your Syllabus? and welcome suggestions. 

Undergraduate courses
Introduction to Africa (ETHN 203) Fall 2016
   Conflict and Development in Africa (POLS/ETHN 375) Spring 2016
   African Politics (Honors, POLS 395H) Spring 2012
   Women and Politics (POLS/WMNS 338) Spring 2017

   Democracy and Citizenship (POLS 400)
Spring 2017
   Politics of Development, at UW-Madison Fall 2008

Graduate courses
   Comparative Core Seminar (POLS 879)
Fall 2016
   Comparative Research Seminar (POLS 979) Spring 2013


Websites I Like

BBC Africa
Jeune Afrique                                                                          
RFI Afrique
Niger Diaspora
TamTam Info                      

Africa Confidential

Blogs I Read

Data on Africa