Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies (African and African-American Studies) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am affiliated with the Women's and Gender Studies program at UNL. I also work with the Laboratoire d'Études et de Recherches sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Développement Local (LASDEL) in Niamey, Niger

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. My book manuscript on
how and why African governments respond to (competing) religious and women's demands to safeguard women's rights is currently under contract with the University of Minnesota Press. I am also interested in the causes and consequences of women's political representation, the mobilization of feminist and anti-feminist activists across Africa, the rise of women on high courts around the world, and the politics of health in West Africa's democracies and autocracies.

Before joining the faculty at UNL, I studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I obtained a PhD in
Political Science. Before that, I 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.

Contact Info:
511 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588
akang2 (at) unl.edu
Book Manuscript

Kang, Alice. Bargaining for Women's Rights. Under contract with the University of Minnesota Press. Projected release Spring 2015.

Journal Articles

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.

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

Tripp, Aili Mari and Alice Kang. 2008. "The Global Impact of Quotas." Comparative Political Studies 41 (3): 338-61Excel 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.

Book Chapter

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. 
* An open-access version is available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/poliscifacpub/58/


Miki Kittilson, Valerie Hoekstra, Maria Escobar-Lemmon, 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.
   For updates on our project, please visit our website.


Undergraduate courses
Introduction to Africa (ETHN 203) Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013Fall 2014
   Conflict and Development in Africa (POLS/ETHN 375) Fall 2012Spring 2015
   African Politics (Honors, POLS 395H) Spring 2012
   Women and Politics (POLS/WMNS 338) Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2013

   Democracy and Citizenship (POLS 400) Spring 2012, 
Spring 2015
   Politics of Development, at UW-Madison Fall 2008

Graduate courses
   Comparative Core Seminar (POLS 879) Spring 2011
Fall 2014
   Comparative Research Seminar (POLS 979) Spring 2013


BBC Africa
AllAfrica (en français)
Jeune Afrique
RFI Afrique
Niger Diaspora
TamTam Info
Africa Confidential

Data on Africa
Afrobarometer (political behavior)
Devecondata (political economy)

More on Africa
Database of African Theses and Dissertations
Blogs I Read
Monkey Cage
Chris Blattman
Africa is a Country
Actualité africaine