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Human Rights Happy Hour: Professor Mala Htun to discuss “Politics of Inclusion: Women, Afrodescendants, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America,” October 16, 2012

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will present the next lecture in its Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series on October 16, 2012. Professor Mala Htun of the University of New Mexico will present a talk entitled “Politics of Inclusion: Women, Afrodescendants, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, October 16, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Sheffield Room (TNH 2.111) at the University of Texas School of Law. Light refreshments will be served.

Mala Htun is associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests are Latin American politics and international comparative politics, with a specific focus on gender, race, and ethnicity. Htun is the author of Sex and the State: Abortion, Divorce, and the Family under Latin American Dictatorships and Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2003), in which she analyzes the effects and social implications of gender-related policy reform in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. Among her recent publications are “Gender, Parties, and Support for Equal Rights in the Brazilian Congress” in Latin American Politics and Society (with Tim Power; 2006); “Gender Equality in Transition Politics: Comparative Perspectives on Cuba” in Looking Forward: Cuba’s Democratic Transition (edited by Marifeli Pérez-Stable, University of Notre Dame Press, 2007); and “Is Gender Like Ethnicity? The Political Representation of Identity Groups,” in Perspectives on Politics (2004), for which she won the Heinz Eulau Award from the American Political Science Association. Htun was a National Science Foundation award recipient for her project, “States and Sex Equality: Why do Governments Promote Women’s Rights?” Additionally, she has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, and received the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Japan. Htun holds a BA from Stanford University and a PhD in political science from Harvard University.

For more information on Professor Htun and the Speaker Series, please visit the Rapoport Center website.

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