Humphrey School News—June 3, 2016

Humphrey School Welcomes Christina Ewig as Faculty Director of Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy

The Humphrey School is pleased to introduce Professor Christina Ewig as the new faculty director of its Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy.

Ewig comes to the Humphrey School from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she taught for 11 years in the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science, and served as associate chair of the Gender and Women’s Studies department.

In her new role, Ewig will serve as faculty leader of the Center’s work to advance effective public policies that address gender-based disparities through research, teaching, and public engagement. She joins Debra Fitzpatrick, who leads the Center's outreach efforts as community engagement director, and has directed the Center for the past several years. 

Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz said, "Christina Ewig has a distinguished record of scholarship on social policy issues of gender and race, and we are delighted to welcome her to the Humphrey School. Her leadership will be tremendously valuable as the Humphrey School continues to impact public policy surrounding these critical challenges." 

Ewig’s research focus is the politics of gender and race on a global level, particularly in Latin America. That background makes her a good fit for the position, Associate Dean Laura Bloomberg said.

“In addition to building on her own work studying relationships between gender, race, and social policies in Latin America, Dr. Ewig will drive the Center's broad efforts to advance public policies that reduce gender-based disparities in this country and globally,” Bloomberg said. 

Ewig said she’s looking forward to joining the Humphrey School.

“The opportunity to direct and expand a center that is already doing fabulous work, that directly impacts the lives of individuals through research and training that promotes gender equality, was a huge attraction for me,” said Ewig.  

Ewig said the Center is doing “great work” on gender issues at the state and national levels, and she hopes to use her global expertise to expand the Center’s influence.

“This means integrating a global perspective into existing Center strengths—like gender and economic security and gender and leadership—while also possibly adding a new emphasis on issues like gender and human rights in the U.S. and abroad,” said Ewig.  

Ewig holds a master’s degree and PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.  She previously taught at Rutgers, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Ewig’s publications have appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Feminist Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review, Social Politics, and World Development. She is author of Second-Wave Neoliberalism: Gender, Race and Health Sector Reforms in Peru. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010. 

She is editor of the Palgrave book series, Crossing Boundaries of Gender and Politics in the Global South, and co-editor of Gender, Violence and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives, published by New York University Press, 2013.

Established in 1985, the Humphrey School’s Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy was the nation’s first comprehensive teaching, research, and outreach center devoted to women and public policy. 

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