Alice Kang

Alice Kang

Assistant Professor

At A Glance

540 Oldfather Hall



Alice Kang holds a joint position in the Department of Political Science and in the Institute for Ethnic Studies (African-American and African Studies). She teaches about Africa, women and politics, democracy, and comparative politics. Her research examines the diverse and local realities under which African women and men struggle to improve their lives. She is working on a book manuscript on religious and women's demands to improve women's rights in a predominantly Muslim African country (the Republic of Niger). Dr. Kang’s other research interests include women's political representation, the mobilization of women's activists across borders, and the quality of health services in West Africa's democracies and autocracies.

Before entering into academia, Dr. Kang was a Peace Corps community health volunteer in Burkina Faso. After Peace Corps, she was a consultant for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, an international non-profit based in Washington, DC, where she worked on civic education and election commission programs in Benin, Guinea, and Mali.


Research Areas

  • Comparative politics
  • Women and Politics
  • African Politics

Current Research

    • The domestic politics of women’s rights in Muslim-majority countries
    • The effects of democratization on (maternal) health care in West Africa
    • The politics of remembering past presidents in Africa 


      • National Science Foundation Collaborate Research Award, "International Influences on Appointments to High Courts," 2013-2016
      • Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, U.S. Department of Education, 2007-2008
      • Hyde Dissertation Research Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
      • American Political Science Association Women’s Caucus, Alice Paul Dissertation Prospectus Award, 2007
      • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, African Studies (Hausa), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004-2005, 2005-2006


      • Kang, Alice. 2013. "The Effect of Gender Quotas 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): 338-61.
      • 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.

      Career Highlights

      • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison