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González, Alessandra L.

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Public Policy Studies

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Dr. Alessandra L.González is Senior Research Associate, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, University of Chicago and a Non-Resident Research Fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Previously, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the James Madison Program in the Department of Politics at Princeton University and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor University. Prior to this she worked as a post-doctoral research associate at John Jay College, CUNY. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Sociology from Baylor University and received a B.A. in Sociology and Policy Studies from Rice University. She is the principal investigator of the Islamic Social Attitudes Survey Project (ISAS), a study in conjunction with Baylor ISR on Islamic Religiosity and Social Attitudes, including Women’s Rights Attitudes in the Arab Gulf Region. She has forthcoming book chapters in “Women’s Encounter with Globalization” (Frontpage Publications) and “Islam and International Relations: Mutual Perceptions” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), publications in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, and an op-ed on Islamic Feminism in the Dallas Morning News. She has presented her research at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy’s Conference on “The Rights of Women in Islam,” the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, the Dialogue of Civilizations Conference hosted by the Institute for Interfaith Dialogue in Houston, the Gulf Research Conference at the University of Exeter, and various other academic settings. Her latest book manuscript is ‘Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics and Paradoxes’ (Palgrave Macmillan Press).

Here’s a link to my speech at the Rice University Baker Institute’s Conference on Gender and Human Rights in the Middle East: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcnCZngby98&feature=youtu.be

Is Kuwait Ready for a Female Judge?
http://blogs.cfr.org/coleman/2013/12/18/is-kuwait-ready-for-a-female-judge/

Q&A Highlighting Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics and Paradoxes in Rice Magazine!
http://www.rice.edu/ricemagazine/features/index2.shtml

‘Islamic Feminism in Kuwait’ reviewed and RECOMMENDED by Choice Magazine (a review journal for academic libraries)! http://www.cro3.org/content/51/01/51-0576.full

Review of Islamic Feminism in Kuwait by Milad Pournik for the George Washington University Global Gender Program Blog: http://globalgendercurrent.com/2013/08/book-review-islamic-feminism-in-kuwait-the-politics-and-paradoxes/

Made the front page of the Kuwaiti English paper, The Arab Times! http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/198856/reftab/36/t/Kuwaitis-doing-feminism-their-own-way/Default.aspx

A piece on my book for the ‘CrimCast’ Blog:
http://crimcast.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/paradox-and-progress-islamic-feminism-in-kuwait/

A Review of my book in the journal ‘Contemporary Islam’: http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11562-013-0252-0.pdf

Here’s a link to a recent article I wrote for the Peace x Peace Women’s Initiative:
http://www.peacexpeace.org/2013/04/a-feminist-by-any-other-name-smells-just-as-sweet/

Read a review of “Islamic Feminism in Kuwait” in the Baylor Lariat: http://baylorlariat.com/2013/03/08/kuwaiti-women-balance-tradition-and-equal-rights/

One of two interviews I did that put me on local Kuwaiti TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xrQUCY4iUc

 

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