Christina Ewig


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Gender and public policy; race, ethnicity and gender in legislative and presidential politics; social welfare policy; politics in Latin America; international development and democracy

Personal profile

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. She is currently working on a book that measures whether electing more women and indigenous peoples to political office in Latin America changes policy agendas to be more inclusive. The book compares Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. She has also published widely on gender, race and Latin American social policy including the historical formation of Latin American social policy; the politics and effects of market-oriented social policy reforms following economic adjustment in the 1990s and 2000s; and the more recent shift toward more generous and equitable social policies. Her book, Second-Wave Neoliberalism: Gender, Race and Health Sector Reform in Peru (Penn State University Press, 2010) won the Flora Tristán Award for the best book on Peru, 2010-12, from the Peru Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Her research on health reforms in Chile, Colombia, and Brazil has been published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies and World Development, among others. Professor Ewig's research has been supported by a number of sources, including a Fulbright New Century Scholars award, a Rockefeller residential fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for Scholars residential fellowship. 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. She leads the Humphrey School’s academic programming on gender and public policy, including teaching graduate courses on gender, intersectionality, and public policy. She also leads the Center’s research portfolio, which is centered on finding evidence-based policy solutions to gender-based disparities, with specific expertise on Minnesota.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Political Science, University of North Carolina

Award Date: Dec 15 2001

Research Interest Keywords

  • Gender and Social Policy
  • Gender and Political Representation
  • Latin America


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