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    Introduction[PDF], posted with permission. 

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


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.
   For updates on our project, please visit our website.


Undergraduate courses
Introduction to Africa (ETHN 203) Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013Fall 2014, Fall 2015
   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, Fall 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


Websites I Like

BBC Africa                              
Jeune Afrique                                                                          
RFI Afrique                                                                              
Niger Diaspora
TamTam Info                          

Africa Confidential

Blogs I Read

Data on Africa