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Htun’s work focuses on how states create, and reduce, social inequalities along the lines of gender, race, and ethnicity. She has conducted research on when and why governments around the world promote women’s rights, on when and why governments adopt policies to promote the inclusion of women and ethnic minorities in elected office, and is beginning a project on the social determinants of gaps in maternal-child health. She has worked as a consultant and advisor to inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations seeking to advance women’s rights around the world.
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Argues that different institutional remedies are logically appropriate for differently situated groups; explains how policies to promote women’s inclusion differ systematically from those applied to minority ethnic groups.