Malliga Och

Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Languages, Idaho State University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Policy in Other Countries
  • Social Movements
  • Women

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About Malliga

Och explores the impact of women in conservative parties and the kind of women who are elected to politics in advanced industrialized nations. Before joining Idaho State University, she was the Research Director of Political Parity, a program of the Hunt Alternative Fund in Cambridge, MA where she supervised several research projects exploring innovative strategies to increase the number of women in US Politics. Och is the Co-Chair of the Denver for CEDAW Campaign, a program by the United Nations Association USA which urges US cities to adopt the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination as defined in the UN Convention to End All forms of Discrimination Against Women in city ordinances.

Previously, Och was the Committee Chair for Educational Outreach at the United Nations Association Denver Chapter, and a member of the Colorado Leadership Council of the White House Project, the Public Advisory Committee and Small Donor Committee of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, the Diversity Council of Big Sister Association Boston, and a core member of Women in NAAP Boston.


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In the News

"Only 1 out of 36 Newly Elected Female Representatives in Congress is Republican – Here’s Why It Matters," Malliga Och (with Shauna Shames), The Conversation, January 2, 2019.
Malliga Och quoted in Erica Snow and Syd Stone, "In the #MeToo Era, Young Conservative Women Look for Their Spot" Public Radio International, March 16, 2018.
"Marching beyond Red vs. Blue," Malliga Och (with Shauna Shames), Huffington Post, January 30, 2017.
"From the Stove to the Frontlines? Gender and Populism in Latin American and Western Europe," Malliga Och (with J.M. Piscopo), Duck of Minerva, January 17, 2017.
"A Conversation with Diana Hwang," Malliga Och, Political Party Blog, May 28, 2015.
"A Growing Political Force," Malliga Och, Political Parity Blog, May 22, 2015.
"Do High Chairs Belong in Higher Office?," Malliga Och, Political Parity Blog, May 6, 2015.
"Your Vote Matters: The Scary Lack of Women in Political Office," Malliga Och, Political Party Blog, November 3, 2014.


The Right Women: Republican Party Activists, Candidates, and Legislators (with Shauna Shames) (Praeger Press, forthcoming).

Explores the status and contributions of women in the Republican Party as activists, as candidates, and as representatives in Congress and across state legislatures.

The Feminization of the Grand Old Party? (edited with Shauna Shames) (Praeger Press, forthcoming).

Analyzes GOP efforts to make the party more attractive to women. Analysis shows that GOP only did window dressing rather than including a female view point or women in its leadership and Caucus.

"Female Bullies? Speech Interruption, Men, and the Representation of Women," International Political Science Association, 2016.

Explores the extent of ‘manterrupting’ in German parliamentary debate. Finds that women MPs are interrupting male colleagues harshly to defend the introduction of a corporate board quota.

"Conservative Feminists? Feminist Policy Adoption under Merkel’s Leadership," American Political Science Association, 2015.

Investigates the conditions under which women in conservative parties can push feminist policies forward. Shows that women need access to occupy critical junctures in policy-making process to promote policies that violate ideological principles of the party.  

"How Can Republican Female Candidates Overcome the Primary Hurdles? Lessons Learned from Case Studies," Midwestern Political Science Association, 2015.

Illustrates the way in which selected Republican women have overcome hurdles in the primary process, i.e. the lack of a supportive infrastructure for Republican women, limited access to funds, and ideological prejudice towards female candidates.

"Talking about my Generation and Class? Unpacking the Descriptive Representation of Women in Asian Parliaments" Women's Studies International Forum 49 (2014): 168–179.

Explores what kind of women are being elected across Asian parliaments in terms of socioeconomic status and age cohorts.