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Aili Mari Tripp

Wangari Maathai Professor of Political Science & Gender and Women’s Studies
Chair, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Joint appointment: Political Science
Office location: 3327 Sterling Hall
Office Hours: https://ailitripp.youcanbook.me/
Office phone: (608) 890-3890
Email: atripp@wisc.edu
Personal website: https://ailitripp.wordpress.com
Curriculum Vita

Prof. Aili Tripp

Aili Mari Tripp is Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was recently awarded the Evjue Bascom Professorship in Gender and Women’s Studies. Tripp’s research has focused on women and politics in Africa, women’s movements in Africa, transnational feminism, African politics (with particular reference to Uganda and Tanzania), and on the informal economy in Africa. In 2015 she won a Fulbright Award and is presently teaching and conducting fieldwork in Morocco. She is based at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (2015-16). She will be on leave in the Fall of 2016 with a Feminist Scholars Award from the Center for Research on Gender and Women at UW-Madison and will be on leave in the Spring of 2017 with a residential fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. Her research involves a comparative study of women and legal reform in North Africa.

Her most recent book is Women and Power in Post-Conflict Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2015).She is author of several award winning books, including 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 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 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. Tripp co-edits a book series with Stanlie James on Women in Africa and the Diaspora for the University of Wisconsin Press. She served as coeditor of the journal Politics & Gender from 2007-2010. She is currently active on the steering committees of the Social Science Research Council’s Next Generation Social Science in Africa Program and 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 AssociationAfrican Studies AssociationNational Council for Research on WomenTanzania Studies AssociationUniversity of Wisconsin Press, and numerous other journals and book series. Tripp is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Gender-related Courses:

GWS320: Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society: Political Economy and Gender in Comparative Perspective
GWS320: Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society: Women and Social Movements in International Context
GWS320: Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society: Women and Change in Contemporary Africa
GWS320: Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society: Women and the Global Economy (cross-listed PS401/IS602)
GWS325: Global Feminisms
GWS643: Women and Politics in Global Context (cross-listed PS643)
GWS880: Pro-seminar in Gender and Women's Studies

Selected Books:

Women and Power in Postconflict Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2015.

Gender, Violence and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives. Edited with Myra Marx Ferree and Christina Ewig. New York University Press, 2013.

African Women’s Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes. Aili Tripp, Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga, and Alice Mungwa (co-authors). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Global Feminism: Transnational Women's Activism, Organizing, and Human Rights. Edited with Myra Marx Ferree. New York: New York University Press. 2006.

Women & Politics in Uganda. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Oxford: James Currey and Kampala: Fountain Publishers. 2000.