Malliga is an expert in international and comparative politics and her research and advocacy work focuses on women, gender, and politics. Her current research focuses on women in conservative parties (in the U.S. and Europe) and on feminist public policies. She is particularly interested in the intersection of equitable parental leave law and corporate board quotas to address women's advancement in business.
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Studies adoption of feminist policy by Germany's conservative government in 2006 and 2015. Finds, contrary to previous research, that feminist arguments dominated these debates, even from conservatives.
Examines the efforts of Japan's conservative government to advance gender equality. Finds that these efforts are motivated by economic and international pressures, rather than an electoral calculation to win young and female voters.
Analyzes how activists integrate international human rights treaties, like the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), at the local level.