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Malliga Och

Associate Professor of Global Studies, Idaho State University

About Malliga

Malliga is an expert in international and comparative politics and my 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 (with Zac Gershberg and Betsy Brunner) to PRX.
"The Rise of Women," Malliga Och, Akzente, Giz Magazine, April 18, 2019.
Malliga Och quoted by Maureen Groppe, "Domestic Violence Survivors Elected to Congress Get Support, National Voice" USA Today, March 11, 2019.
Malliga Och quoted by Anna Orso, "In the Women’s Movement of 2019, Where Do Republicans Fit In?", January 31, 2019.
"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.
Malliga Och quoted by Carter Sherman, "11 States Have No Women in Congress. These Candidates are Trying to Change That" Vice News, September 5, 2018.
Malliga Och quoted by Erica Snow and Syd Stone, "In the #MeToo Era, Young Conservative Women Look for Their Spot" Public Radio International, March 16, 2018.
"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.
"Marching beyond Red vs. Blue," Malliga Och (with Shauna Shames), Huffington Post, January 30, 2017.
"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.
"A Conversation with Diana Hwang," Malliga Och, Political Party Blog, May 28, 2015.
"A Growing Political Force," Malliga Och, Political Parity Blog, May 22, 2015.
"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 Right Women: Republican Party Activists, Candidates, and Legislators (edited with Shauna Shames) (Praeger Press, January 2018).

Explores the status and contributions of women in the Republican Party as activists, as candidates, and as representatives in Congress and across state legislatures.

"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.

"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.

The Feminization of the Grand Old Party? (edited with Shauna Shames) (Praeger Press, forthcoming).

Analyzes GOP efforts to make the party more attractive to women. Analysis shows that GOP only did window dressing rather than including a female view point or women in its leadership and Caucus.

"Female Bullies? Speech Interruption, Men, and the Representation of Women," International Political Science Association, 2016.

Explores the extent of ‘manterrupting’ in German parliamentary debate. Finds that women MPs are interrupting male colleagues harshly to defend the introduction of a corporate board quota.

"Conservative Feminists? Feminist Policy Adoption under Merkel’s Leadership," American Political Science Association, 2015.

Investigates the conditions under which women in conservative parties can push feminist policies forward. Shows that women need access to occupy critical junctures in policy-making process to promote policies that violate ideological principles of the party.  

"How Can Republican Female Candidates Overcome the Primary Hurdles? Lessons Learned from Case Studies," Midwestern Political Science Association, 2015.

Illustrates the way in which selected Republican women have overcome hurdles in the primary process, i.e. the lack of a supportive infrastructure for Republican women, limited access to funds, and ideological prejudice towards female candidates.

"Talking about my Generation and Class? Unpacking the Descriptive Representation of Women in Asian Parliaments" Women's Studies International Forum 49 (2014): 168–179.

Explores what kind of women are being elected across Asian parliaments in terms of socioeconomic status and age cohorts.