Aili Mari Tripp

Wangari Maathai Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women's Studies

atripp@wisc.edu

(608) 890-3890

217 North Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4 pm, Wednesday 10-12 am

Affiliated with Program of African Studies, Development Studies Program

Education:

Ph.D. in Political Science, Northwestern University, 1990

M.A. in Middle East Studies, University of Chicago, 1985

B.A. in Political Science, university of Chicago, 1983

Research Interests:

Comparative Politics, Africa, North Africa, Civil Society, Gender and Politics, Women’s Movements, Global Feminism, Conflict Resolution, Democratization

Biography:

Aili Mari Tripp is Wangari Maathai Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies and Chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Tripp’s research has focused on women and politics in Africa, women’s movements in Africa, women and peacebuilding, transnational feminism, African politics (with particular reference to Uganda and Tanzania), and on the informal economy in Africa. Her current research involves a comparative study of women and legal reform in North Africa. She is also coordinating a related research project on Women and Peacebuilding in Africa, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Foreign Ministry of Norway, involving research in northern Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Algeria, and Somalia. The researchers are from Nigeria, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, Norway and the United States. She recently has won awards from Fulbright, the American Academy in Berlin and the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the UW-Madison.

She is author of several award winning books, including Women and Power in Postconflict Africa (2015), Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime (2010), African Women’s Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes (2009) with Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga, and Alice Mungwa, and Women and Politics in Uganda (2000). Her first book was Changing the Rules: The Politics of Liberalization and the Urban Informal Economy in Tanzania (1997). She has edited Sub-Saharan Africa: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide (2003), and co-edited (with Balghis Badri) Women’s Activism in Africa (2017), (with Myra Marx Ferree and Christina Ewig) Gender, Violence, and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives (2013), (with Myra Marx Ferree) Global Feminism: Transnational Women’s Activism (2006), Organizing, and Human Rights, (with Joy Kwesiga) The Women’s Movement in Uganda: History, Challenges and Prospects (2002) as well as (with Marja-Liisa Swantz) What Went Right in Tanzania? People’s Responses to Directed Development (1996).

Tripp has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the African Politics Conference Group best book on African politics award, the Victoria Schuck award of the American Political Science Association for the best book on women and politics. In 2014 she won the African Studies Association Public Service Award. She is currently active on the steering committee of the American Council of Learned Societies’ African Humanities Program.

She has been president of the African Studies Association and vice president of the American Political Science Association. She has also served on the boards of the American Political Science Association, African Studies Association, National Council for Research on Women, Tanzania Studies Association, University of Wisconsin Press, and numerous other journals and book series.

Courses:

PS 469 Women and Politics Fall 2019-2020
PS 948 Seminar: Gender and Politics Spring 2018-2019
PS 469 Women and Politics Fall 2018-2019
PS 329 African Politics Spring 2017-2018
PS 469 Women and Politics Fall 2017-2018

Awards:

2017-2018

Wangari Maathai Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies, WARF Professorship

2016-2017

Evjue-Bascom Professorship in Gender and Women’s Studies (2016-2021)

Feminist Scholars Fellowship from the Center for Research on Gender and Women, UW-Madison (Fall 2016)

American Academy in Berlin, Axel Springer award (Spring 2017)

Winner, Best book award in African politics, African Politics Conference Group, Women and Power in Postconflict Africa, 2016

Finalist, Herskovits Book Prize, African Studies Association, Women and Power in Postconflict Africa, 2016

2015-2016

Fulbright Award to carry out research and teach in Morocco

2014-2015

African Studies Association Public Service Award

2011-2012

First Runner-up, Best Book on African Politics Award, African Politics Conference Group, for Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime (Lynne Rienner, 2010).

2010-2011

President, African Studies Association, 2011-12