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Radcliffe-Harvard Yenching Institute Fellow
National Taiwan University (Taiwan)
Political Science
Fighting for Seats: The Politics of Gender Quotas in East Asia

Chang-Ling Huang is a professor of political science at National Taiwan University. Her research interests are quota politics and state feminism. She studied gender quotas in politics and corporations and has used empirical data from Taiwan to show most of the quota women in politics have equal or better qualifications than the men they replaced. Huang recently authored chapters on women’s political representation for Routledge Handbook of Democratization in East Asia (Routledge, 2017) and The Palgrave Global Handbook of Women’s Political Rights (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

At Radcliffe, she is working on a comparative study of quota adoption and non-adoption in East Asia, and instead of examining each country’s experience within its own political context, she is exploring the dynamics of quota politics from a regional historical and political perspective. While the current agenda of quota research has gradually moved from quota adoption to quota impact, East Asia’s story regarding quota adoption remains understudied, and Huang aims to fill that void through this project.

Huang received her PhD from the University of Chicago. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Social Service Award of the National Taiwan University and has been awarded multiple grants from Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology and the Korea Foundation. She has been involved in Taiwan’s feminist movement and movement for transitional justice. She served as a board member and president of the Awakening Foundation, the earliest established feminist organization in post-war Taiwan, and of the Taiwan Association for Truth and Reconciliation.

2018–2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

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