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Malliga Och

Associate Professor of Global Studies, Idaho State University
Chapter Member: Utah SSN
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About Malliga

Malliga is an expert in international and comparative politics and her research and advocacy work focuses on women, gender, and politics. Her current research focuses on women in conservative parties (in the U.S. and Europe) and on feminist public policies. She is particularly interested in the intersection of equitable parental leave law and corporate board quotas to address women's advancement in business. 


In the News

Know Your Media podcast, by Malliga Och to PRX.
Opinion: "The Rise of Women," Malliga Och, Giz Magazine, April 18, 2019.
Quoted by Maureen Groppe in "Domestic Violence Survivors Elected to Congress Get Support, National Voice," USA Today, March 11, 2019.
Quoted by Anna Orso in "In the Women’s Movement of 2019, Where Do Republicans Fit In?,", January 31, 2019.
Opinion: "Only 1 out of 36 Newly Elected Female Representatives in Congress is Republican – Here’s Why It Matters," Malliga Och (with Shauna Shames), The Conversation, January 2, 2019.
Quoted by Carter Sherman in "11 States Have No Women in Congress. These Candidates are Trying to Change That," Vice News, September 5, 2018.
Quoted by Erica Snow and Syd Stone in "In the #MeToo Era, Young Conservative Women Look for Their Spot," Public Radio International, March 16, 2018.
Opinion: "Macron and Trudeau Shouldn’t be so Proud of Appointing Women to Their Cabinets," Malliga Och, The Conversation, June 28, 2017.
Opinion: "Marine Le Pen Didn’t Win over Women. Can Anyone on the Far Right?," Malliga Och (with J. M. Piscopo), The Conversation, June 21, 2017.
Opinion: "Marching beyond Red vs. Blue," Malliga Och (with Shauna Shames), Huffington Post, January 30, 2017.
Opinion: "From the Stove to the Frontlines? Gender and Populism in Latin American and Western Europe," Malliga Och (with J.M. Piscopo), Duck of Minerva, January 17, 2017.
Opinion: "A Conversation with Diana Hwang," Malliga Och, Political Party Blog, May 28, 2015.
Opinion: "A Growing Political Force," Malliga Och, Political Parity Blog, May 22, 2015.
Opinion: "Do High Chairs Belong in Higher Office?," Malliga Och, Political Parity Blog, May 6, 2015.


"Conservative Feminists? An Exploration of Feminist Arguments in Parliamentary Debates of the Bundestag" Parliamentary Affairs 72, no. 2 (April 2019): 353-378.

Studies adoption of feminist policy by Germany's conservative government in 2006 and 2015. Finds, contrary to previous research, that feminist arguments dominated these debates, even from conservatives.

"The Local Diffusion of International Human Rights Norms – Understanding the Cities for CEDAW Campaign" International Feminist Journal of Politics 20, no. 3 (2018): 425-443.

Analyzes how activists integrate international human rights treaties, like the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), at the local level.

"Womenomics under Abe's Leadership Signs of Feminisation of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party?" (with Linda Hasunuma). Representation 54, no. 2 (2018): 177-193.

Examines the efforts of Japan's conservative government to advance gender equality. Finds that these efforts are motivated by economic and international pressures, rather than an electoral calculation to win young and female voters.