Alice J. Kang

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science,
Institute for Ethnic Studies/African and African-American Studies,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Affiliate, Women's and Gender Studies

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 African women and men seek to improve their lives.  

Before joining UNL, I obtained my PhD in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to that, I worked for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Washington, D.C. and served as 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]    [Introduction PDF], posted with permission

Journal Articles

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. [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]


Maria Escobar-Lemmon, Valerie Hoekstra, Miki Kittilson, and Alice Kang. "Collaborative Research on Diffusing Equality:International Influences on Women’s Appointment to High Courts." National Science Foundation Grant SES 1323949, 2013-16. [Website]


Undergraduate courses
Introduction to Africa (ETHN 203) Fall 2015
   Conflict and Development in Africa (POLS/ETHN 375) Spring 2015
   African Politics (Honors, POLS 395H) Spring 2012
   Women and Politics (POLS/WMNS 338) Spring 2015

   Democracy and Citizenship (POLS 400)
Fall 2015
   Politics of Development, at UW-Madison Fall 2008

Graduate courses
   Comparative Core Seminar (POLS 879)
Fall 2014
   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