Christina Ewig is Professor of Public Affairs and Faculty Director of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ewig is currently working on a book that measures whether electing more women and indigenous peoples to political office in Latin America changes policy agendas to be more inclusive. The book compares Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. She has published journal articles related to this project in Representation, Politics & Gender and Social Politics. She has also published widely on gender, race and Latin American social policy including the historical formation of Latin American social policy; the politics and effects of market-oriented social policy reforms following economic adjustment in the 1990s and 2000s; and the more recent shift toward more generous and equitable social policies. Her book, Second-Wave Neoliberalism: Gender, Race and Health Sector Reform in Peru (Penn State University Press, 2010) won the Flora Tristán Award for the best book on Peru, 2010-12, from the Peru Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Her research on health reforms in Chile, Colombia, and Brazil has been published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies and World Development, among others. Dr. Ewig's research has been supported by a number of sources, including a Fulbright New Century Scholars award, a Rockefeller residential fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for Scholars residential fellowship.
As Faculty Director of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy, Dr. Ewig works to stimulate research, teaching and public engagement on gender and its intersections with other forms of inequality. She leads the Humphrey School’s academic programming on gender and public policy, including teaching graduate courses on gender, intersectionality, and public policy. She also leads the Center’s research portfolio, which is centered on finding evidence-based policy solutions to gender-based disparities, with specific expertise on Minnesota. (See the Policy Reports tab for the most recent policy reports Dr. Ewig has authored and their impact.) Dr. Ewig was formerly Associate Editor of the journal Social Politics, and Co-President of the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association. She is currently editor of the Palgrave book series, Crossing Boundaries of Gender and Politics in the Global South.