Talking Gender in the EU

A 4-part lecture series covering gender politics in Poland, Latvia, France, and the European Parliament


30-minute online lectures and discussion followed by Q&A

12:00 – 1:00 pm, Pacific Time, Feb. 10 – May 13, 2021



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Lecture Series and Speaker Information:


Monday, March 1 | Political Ethnography with a Gender Lens in the Latvian Parliament

With Laura Dean, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and History, Millikin University


Laura A. Dean is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Human Trafficking Research Lab at Millikin University. She is also a Regional Faculty Associate at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In 2016, she was a Title VIII Summer Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in International Studies focusing on Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Dr. Dean researches gender and politics issues focusing on women’s representation, public policy, and gender-based violence in Eurasia. Her book Diffusing Human Trafficking Policy in Eurasia was published by Policy Press at the University of Bristol in May 2020.

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Thursday, April 22 | Gender Parity in France

With Amy Mazur, Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson
Distinguished Professor in Political Science, Washington
State University, and Associate Researcher, Centre
d’Etudes Européennes Sciences Po, Paris


Amy G. Mazur is CO Johnson Distinguished Professor in Political Science at Washington State University and an Associate Researcher at LIEPP, Sciences Po, Paris. Her recent books include: The OUP Handbook of French Politics (edited with Robert Elgie and Emiliano Grossman, 2015); The Politics of State Feminism: Innovation in Comparative Research (with Dorothy McBride, Temple University Press, 2010).  She is currently co convening, with Isabelle Engeli  (Exeter University), the Gender Equality Policy in Practice Network (GEPP), is Lead Editor at French Politics and a Fellow-in-Residence at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research -ZIG, Bielefeld University.

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Tuesday, April 27 (RESCHEDULED) | Anti-Gender Politics and Right Wing Populism in Poland

With Elżbieta Korolczuk, Associate Professor, The School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden  


Elżbieta Korolczuk, PhD is an Associate professor in sociology working at Södertörn University in Stockholm and American Studies Center, Warsaw University. Her research interests involve: social movements, civil society, politics of reproduction as well as right-wing populism and mobilizations against “gender”. She co-edited two books on motherhood and fatherhood in Poland and Russia (in Polish) and published two volumes on social movements and civil society in Central Eastern Europe: Civil Society Revisited: Lessons from Poland co-edited with Kerstin Jacobsson (Berghahn Books, 2017), Rebellious Parents. Parental Movements in Central-Eastern Europe and Russia co-edited with Katalin Fábián (Indiana University Press, 2017). Most recent publications include an edited volume Bunt kobiet. Czarne Protesty i Strajki Kobiet [Women’s Rebellion. Black Protests and Women’s Strikes] co-authored with Beata Kowalska, Jennifer Ramme and Claudia Snochowska-Gonzalez and published by European Solidarity Centre in 2019 and a monograph Anti-gender Politics in the Populist Moment written with Agnieszka Graff (in press, Routledge). She is also a commentator and a long-time women’s and human rights activist.

People who already registered for the originally scheduled date of this lecture (Feb. 10) DO NOT need to re-register. If you already registered for the original date, you will automatically receive a link for this rescheduled lecture.

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Thursday, May 13 | Gender in the European Parliament

With Petra Ahrens, Senior Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Finland


Petra Ahrens is Senior Researcher in the ERC-funded research project EUGenDem at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tampere University, Finland. She previously held positions as Assistant Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2014-2016) and as Marie-Curie-Sklodowska-Fellow and Guest Professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium (2017-2019).  Her research focuses on gender policies and politics in the European Union and its institutions, transnational civil society organisations, and gender equality in Germany. She co-chairs the ECPR Standing Group on Gender and Politics and is editor of the German feminist journal femina politica. Alongside articles, she is the author of Actors, Institutions, and the Making of EU Gender Equality Programs (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), co-author with Katja Chmilewski, Sabine Lang, and Birgit Sauer of Gender Equality in Politics – Implementing Party Quotas in Germany and Austria (Springer 2020), and co-editor, with Lise Rolandsen Agustín, of Gendering the European Parliament. Structures, Policies, and Practices (Rowman & Littlefield / ECPR Press, 2019).

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The Talking Gender in the EU lecture series is sponsored by the UW Center for West European Studies & EU Center, the UW Ellison Center for Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies, and the UW Center for Global Studies.


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