Portrait of Christina Ewig
255 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Areas of Expertise
Gender and public policy; race, ethnicity and gender in legislative and presidential politics; social welfare policy; politics in Latin America; international development and democracy


    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.


    PhD in Political Science (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001)

    Hoge, J. & Ewig, C. (2023). Who Leads? A Fact Sheet on Gender, Race, and Elected Representatives in Minnesota. Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

    Ewig, C. & Friedman, E. J. (2023). Women’s Movements in Latin America: From Elite Organizing to Intersectional Mass Mobilization. In F. M. Rossi (Ed.), Oxford Handbook on Latin American Social Movements. Oxford University Press: Oxford

    Chu, Y. & Ewig, C. (2023). Who Cares? A Fact Sheet on Unpaid Work in Minnesota. Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

    Chu, Y. & Ewig, C. (2023). Who Earns? A Fact Sheet on Gender and Employment in Minnesota. Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

    Ewig, C., Chu, Y., Kula, L. & Ritter, J. (2022). Status of Women and Girls Report in Minnesota. Women's Foundation of Minnesota and the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy:

    Ewig, C. & Freidman, E. J. (in press). Women's Movements (Latin America). In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, 2nd edition.

    Ewig, C., Bombyk, M. & Dorman, A. (2020). COVID-19's Unequal Impacts on Minnesota Workers: A Race and Gender Lens. Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy: Minneapolis, MN USA

    Ewig, C. (2020). Ethnic Parties and Indigenous Substantive Representation in Ecuador, Representation,

    Ewig, C., Bombyk, M., Graham, L. & Ritter, J. (2020). 2020 Status on Women and Girls in Minnesota. Women's Foundation of Minnesota: Minneapolis, MN USA

    Ewig, C. (2018). Forging Intersectional Interests: Women's Substantive Representation in Bolivia, Politics & Gender, 14(3), 433-459

    Blofield, M. & Ewig, C. (2017). The Left Turn and Abortion Politics in Latin America, Social Politics, 24(4), 481-510

    Rousseau, S. & Ewig, C. (2017). Latin America's Left-Turn and the Political Empowerment of Indigenous Women, Social Politics, 24(4), 425-451

    Blofield, M., Ewig, C. & Piscopo, J. M. (2017). The Reactive Left: Gender Equality and the Latin American Pink Tide, Social Politics, 24(4), 345-369