Christina Ewig is Professor of Public Affairs and Faculty Director of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Professor Ewig’s research centers on the politics of gender and race in Latin America. She has published widely on gender, race and social policy reforms in Latin America. Her current research investigates whether the rise of women and indigenous peoples into political office in Latin America has made a difference for the kinds of policy that is produced. As Faculty Director of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy Professor Ewig works to stimulate research, teaching and public engagement on gender and its intersections with other forms of inequality.

Project Summary

In this project, Professor Christina Ewig examines the political incorporation of women and ethnoracially marginalized groups into Latin American democracies in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Comparing Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, in this research Ewig measures whether the inclusion of women and ethnoracially marginalized groups in formal political office has resulted in their substantive representation on political agendas, and what the near simultaneous inclusion of these intersecting groups has meant for Latin American politics. By bringing gender and race to the fore, she develops a more pluralist understanding of democratic development and also considers how substantive these democracies have become.

Major Publications

“Forging Women’s Substantive Representation: Intersectional Interests, Political Parity and Pensions in Bolivia.” Politics & Gender, 2018, 14(3):433-459.
“The Reactive Left: Gender Equality and the Latin American Pink Tide.” (with Merike Blofield and Jennifer M. Piscopo). Social Politics, 2017, 24(4): 345-369.
Second-Wave Neoliberalism: Gender, Race and Health Sector Reforms in Peru. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010.