Mala Htun is assistant professor of political science at the New School for Social Research. She is the author of Sex and the State: Abortion, Divorce, and the Family under Latin American Dictatorships and Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Her work has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Latin American Research Review, and Politics and Gender, among other journals and edited volumes. Dr. Htun’s article, “Is Gender Like Ethnicity? The Political Representation of Identity Groups” won the Heinz Eulau award from the American Political Science Association in 2005, and she has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the National Security Education Program. A former fellow of the Kellogg Institute of the University of Notre Dame and the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, she holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and a A.B. in international relations from Stanford University. She is currently writing a book about the politics of representing women and ethnic and racial minorities in Latin America and worldwide. She conducted her International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo.