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Global Human Rights Hub




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Our Mission

The gender working group focuses on women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, and women’s representation across the globe. We use interdisciplinary approaches to study how political and cultural norms shape women and gender minorities’ struggles for human rights, political participation, and representation. We examine both formal and informal institutions, including government institutions and social movements, as potential venues for women’s political participation and representation. We further examine marginalized communities and their gendered mobilizations for social justice and against various forms of human rights violations.

Leading Faculty



photo of Kendall FunkKendall D. Funk is an assistant professor of political science. Funk's research crosscuts several disciplines, including political science, public administration, international studies, and gender studies. Her primary research focuses on the causes and consequences of women's representation in political institutions, especially at the local level of government in Latin America. She also researches issues related to local governance, decentralization, international public management, and government performance.


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Nisa Göksel joins the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences as an assistant professor of sociology. She holds a doctorate in sociology, with a graduate certificate in gender and sexuality studies. Her areas of research are gender and sexuality; feminist and women’s movements in the Middle East; war, violence and peace-making; and migration, displacement and diaspora studies. Her work focuses on the transnational political mobilization of Kurdish women around peace, democracy and human rights.


Magda HinojosaMagda Hinojosa is interim director and professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. She is the author, with Miki Caul Kittilson, of "Seeing Women, Strengthening Democracy: How Women in Politics Foster Connected Citizens" (Oxford University Press, 2020). This work examines how the increased descriptive representation of women as legislators affects citizens' political engagement. The book draws on a panel survey of 1200 Uruguayans, funded by USAID,  that was carried out before and after the implementation of a national gender quota.


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Miki Kittilson is a professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Kittilson's research examines democratic inclusion across a variety of countries. Author of 3 university press books, 17 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 invited book chapters, she is an expert on women's representation in government and gender differences in political engagement. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, USAID and the AAUW.


Kenicia Wright


Kenicia Wright is an assistant professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. She earned her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in College Station and a doctorate in political science from the University of Houston. Prior to joining the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida.

Wright studies how representation and policy outcomes are influenced by social identities, such as race/ethnicity, gender, and class. She regularly applies intersectionality in her work, which centers on power and the effects of being comprised of multiple marginalized identities. She explores questions related to social identities, (bureaucratic and political) representation, and public policy in the US. Her recent research examines the factors that reduce health disparities in the health outcomes of Black women, Latinas, and White Women, factors that shape the disciplinary outcomes of K-12 students, and determinants of the political representation of marginalized groups.