Alice Kang

Credentials: Niger & Benin

2006 SKJ Fellow

Alice Kang, a Ph.D. candidate in political science, spent 2 years working in Burkina Faso as a community health Peace Corps volunteer. Following her service, she helped develop and coordinate democracy promotion projects in Francophone West Africa for IFES in Washington, DC. Her research explores why changes in women’s rights are seemingly impossible to attain in certain times and places but not others. In comparing conflict over attempts to revise the Code of Persons and the Family in Benin and Niger, she highlights the significance of counter-women’s rights mobilization, an aspect that has yet to receive sustained attention. Alice Kang’s studies have been supported by a FLAS Fellowship for Hausa. This summer, she will travel to Benin and Niger to meet with women’s rights activists, religious leaders, government officials, and social scientists to inform her future dissertation research.

Alice’s post-fellowship report is available here.