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Miki Kittilson

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Assoc Dean & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Assoc Dean & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Assoc Dean & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Assoc Dean & Professor
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Senior Global Futures Scientist
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Biography: 

Miki Caul Kittilson joined ASU in 2004. Her scholarship addresses challenges of democratic inclusion, comparing the effects of institutions and structures for individual-level political behavior, with a focus on gender justice and women's representation in government.  She has authored 4 university press books, along with numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and invited book chapters.  Her most recent book, Reimagining the Judiciary: Women’s Representation on High Courts Worldwide, co-authored with Maria Escobar-Lemmon, Valerie Hoekstra and Alice Kang, is in production with Oxford University Press. The book articulates a chain of favorable influences on women’s representation on high courts: new norms of gender equality encourage the reimagining of the judiciary; advocacy organizations challenge the status quo; and windows of opportunity enable change. 

https://womenonhighcourts.com/

Kittilson's (Oxford University Press, 2020) book Seeing Women, Strengthening Democracy: How Women in Politics Foster Connected Citizens is co-authored by Magda Hinojosa (ASU). The book examines the effects of gender quotas and substantial gains in women's election to office for mass-level engagement with the democratic process across Latin America. 

Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, USAID and the AAUW. She serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Politics and recently contributed to design of the Gender Equality and Governance Index (GEGI) from the Global Governance Forum.

Professor Kittilson is former president of the ASU Faculty Women’s Association and chaired the committee that brought the 2021 American Association for the Advancement of Science’s STEM Equity Achievement (SEA Change) Award to ASU. Within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, she served as Dean’s Fellow. Kittilson is a member of the Governance and Decision Making Focal Group and the SDG5 Working Group in ASU’s Global Futures Lab.

 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of California Irvine 2001
  • M.A. Political Science, University of California Irvine 1998
  • B.A. Spanish; minor: Political Science (Summa Cum Laude), Arizona State University 1995
Research Interests: 

Comparative Politics, Women and Politics, Party Politics, Political Behavior

Research Activity: 
  • Hinojosa,Magda*, Fridkin,Kim L, Kittilson,Miki Caul. The Dynamics of Political Representation: Examining Descriptive Substantive and Symbolic Representation with a Natural Experiment. INST OF INTERNATL EDUCATION(8/6/2014 - 10/23/2015).
  • Kittilson,Miki Caul*, Hoekstra,Valerie. Collaborative Research: Diffusing Equality: International Influences on Womens Appointment to High Courts. NSF-SES(8/15/2013 - 8/31/2016).
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 394Special Topics
POS 394Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 350Comparative Politics
POS 550Comparative Politics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 550Comparative Politics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 150Comparative Government
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 150Comparative Government
POS 492Honors Directed Study
POS 493Honors Thesis
POS 550Comparative Politics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 150Comparative Government
POS 598Special Topics
POS 599Thesis
POS 792Research
POS 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 150Comparative Government
SGS 394Special Topics
POS 590Reading and Conference
POS 599Thesis
POS 790Reading and Conference
POS 792Research
POS 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 599Thesis
Presentations: 
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul and Valerie Hoekstra and Alice Kang and Maria Escobar-Lemmon. Diffusing Equality? High Courts and Gender in Comparative Perspective. American Political Science Association meeting (Aug 2013).
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul. UN Human Rights Committees and Gender Equality. Midwest Political Science Association meeting (Apr 2013).
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul. Advancing Women in Political Science: Applying Lessons from Women and Politics REsearch. Midwest Political Science Association meeting (Apr 2013).
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul. UN Human Rights Committees and Gender Equality. Penn State Political Science Department Lecture Series (Apr 2013).
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul and Leslie Schwindt-Bayer. Party Systems, Democratic Engagement and Gender in Comparative Perspective. American Political Science Association meeting (Aug 2010).
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul and Christopher Anderson. Comparing Voter Participation: the Influence of Individual Resources and Institutions. American POlitical Science Association Meetings (Sep 2009).
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul and Christopher Anderson. Electoral Supply and Voter Engagement. Comparative Study of Electoral Systems Conference at the University of Toronto (Sep 2009).
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul. Measuring Democratic Engagement: Gender Differences and Surveys. Political Methodology meeting at Yale (Jul 2009).
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul and Christopher Anderson. Institutional Context and Political Participation. Citizens, Context and Choice conference at Cornell University (Jun 2009).
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul. Adopting Women's Issues. Women in POlitics-- Global Perspectives at Ohio State University (Apr 2009).
  • Kittilson, Miki Caul and Russell J. Dalton. Civil Society and Democratic Capabilities in America. Midwest Political Science Association meeting (Apr 2009).
  • Miki Caul Kittilson and Leslie Schwindt-Bayer. Explaining Cross-national Variation in Political Engagement. Department of Political Science, University of Arizona (Oct 2008).
  • Miki Caul Kittilson and Leslie Schwindt-Bayer. Institutions and Political Engagement. 2008 Visions in Methodology Conference (Oct 2008).
  • Miki Kittilson and Leslie Schwindt-Bayer. Gender, Institutions and POlitical Engagement. American Political Science Association Meetings (Aug 2008).
  • Miki Caul Kittilson and Russell Dalton. Social Grouops Versus a Virtual Civil Society. Western Political Science Association Meetings (Mar 2008).
  • Kittilson, Miki, Gray, Mark. Voter Equality in Post-Industrialized Nations: The Interaction of Individual Resources and Political Context, A Multi-Level Model. Midwest POlitical Science Association Meetings (Apr 2006).
  • Gray, Mark, Kittilson, Miki. Lower Turnout as a Consequence of Less Meaningful Elections? Changes in the Impact of Party Control Over Policy on Voter Participation in Established Democracies. American Political Science Association meetings (Sep 2005).
  • Kittilson, Miki. Mobilization, Participation, and Change in Post-Industrial Democracies: Increasing Disparity in Participation Across Post-Industrial Democracies. American Political Science Association meetings (Sep 2005).
  • Kittilson, Miki. Changing Patterns of Mobilization and Participation Across Post-Industrial Democracies, 1960-2000. Midwest Political Science Association meetings (Apr 2005).
  • Gray, Mark, Kittilson, Miki. Women and Globalization: A Study of Quality of Life and Status Indicators in 180 Nations, 1975-2000. Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, chicago, IL, Sept. 2-5, 2004 (Oct 2004).
  • Kittilson, Miki. Declining Voter Turnout in Industrial Democracies: Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle Dee. Annual meetings of the Western Political Science Association (Mar 2003).
  • Kittilson, Miki. Women Transforming Party Politics. Challenges to Political Parties in Western Europe conference, sponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (Apr 2001).
  • Kittilson, Miki. Gender Differences in Media Coverage of Candidates: A Comparative Perspective. Meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association
  • Kittilson, Miki. Gender, Institutions and Political Behavior: Towards an Integrated Theoretical Framework. Towards a Comparative Politics of Gender
  • Kittilson, Miki. Women's Representation: Women, Policies and Parliaments in Comparative Perspective. Women's Participation in Democracies
  • Kittilson, Miki, Banducci, Susan, Karp, Jeff. Women, Media and European Elections: Implications for Women's Mobilization. American Political Science Association meetings
  • Kittilson, Miki. Racial and Ethnic Minorities & Legislative Participation: The Role of Political Parties in the U.S. and Britiain. Annual meetings of the Western Political Science Association