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Miki Kittilson

Miki Kittilson

Associate Dean for Faculty Success, College of Global Futures

School of Politics and Global Studies
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 873902
Tempe, AZ 85287-3902


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Success, College of Global Futures
  • Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Miki Caul Kittilson is Associate Dean for Faculty Success, College of Global Futures, and a professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Her BA is from Arizona State University, and PhD is from the University of California Irvine. Kittilson's research examines democratic inclusion across a variety of countries. Author of 3 university press books, 17 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 invited book chapters, she is an expert on women's representation in government and gender differences in political engagement. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, USAID and the AAUW. Kittilson's forthcoming (Oxford University Press) book Seeing Women, Strengthening Democracy: How Women in Politics Foster Connected Citizens is co-authored by Magda Hinojosa (ASU). The book examines the effects of gender quotas and substantial gains in women's election to office for mass-level engagement with the democratic process across Latin America.

One current project examines gender equality on high courts around the world (co-authored with Valerie Hoekstra (ASU), Maria Escobar-Lemmon (Texas A&M) and Alice Kang (University of Nebraska).


  • PhD, Political Science, University of California-Irvine, 2001
  • MA, Political Science, University of California-Irvine, 1998
  • BA, Spanish, Arizona State University, 1995


Journal Articles

In Press

Kang, A. J., M. Escobar-Lemmon, V. Hoekstra and M. Kittilson. Breaking the judicial glass ceiling: The appointment of women to high courts worldwide. The Journal of Politics DOI: 10.1086/710017. (link )


Hinojosa, M., K. L. Fridkin and M. C. Kittilson. 2017. The impact of descriptive representation on “persistent” gender gaps: Political engagement and political trust in Uruguay. Politics, Groups, and Identities 5(3):435-453. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2017.1330215. (link )


Childs, S. L. and M. C. Kittilson. 2016. Feminizing political parties: Women’s party member organizations within European parliamentary parties. Party Politics 22(5):598-608. DOI: 10.1177/1354068816654320. (link )

Escobar-Lemmon, M., V. Hoekstra, A. J. Kang and M. C. Kittilson. 2016. Just the facts? Media coverage of female and male high court appointees in five democracies. Politics & Gender 12(2):254-274. DOI: 10.1017/S1743923X16000234. (link )

Kittilson, M. C. 2016. Gender and political behavior. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics 9 May 2016. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228637-e-71. (link )


Kittilson, M. C. 2011. Women, parties and platforms in post-industrial democracies. Party Politics 17(1):66-92. DOI: 10.1177/1354068809361012. (link )

Kittilson, M. C. and R. J. Dalton. 2011. Virtual civil society: The new frontier of social capital?. Political Behavior 33:624-644. DOI: 10.1007/s11109-010-9143-8. (link )


Kittilson, M. C. 2010. Comparing gender, institutions and political behavior: Toward an integrated theoretical framework. Perspecitives on Politics 8(1):217-222. DOI: 10.1017/S1537592709992799. (link )

Kittilson, M. C. and L. A. Schwindt-Bayer. 2010. Engaging citizens: The role of power-sharing institutions. The Journal of Politics 72(4):990-1002. DOI: 10.1017/s0022381610000484. (link )


Goren, P., C. M. Federica and M. C. Kittilson. 2009. Source cues, partisan identities, and political value expression. American Journal of Political Science 53(4):805-820. (link )


Kittilson, M. C. 2008. Representing women: The adoption of family leave in comparative perspective. The Journal of Politics 70(2):323-334. DOI: 10.1017/s002238160808033x. (link )

Kittilson, M. C. and K. L. Fridkin. 2008. Gender, candidtate portrayals and election campaigns: A comparative perspective. Politics & Gender 4(3):371-392. DOI: 10.1017/S1743923X08000330. (link )


Gray, M. M., M. C. Kittilson and W. Sandholtz. 2006. Women and globalization: A study of 180 countries, 1975-2000. International Organization 60(2):293-333. DOI: 10.1017/S0020818306060176. (link )



Hinojosa, M. and M. C. Kittilson. 2020. Seeing Women, Strengthening Democracy: How Women in Politics Foster Connected Citizens. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0197526941.


Kittilson, M. C. and L. A. Schwindt-Bayer. 2012. The Gendered Effects of Electoral Institutions: Political Engagement and Participation. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199608607.


Kittilson, M. C. 2006. Challenging Parties, Changing Parliment: Women and Elected Office in Contemporary Western Europe. Ohio State University Press. ISBN: 978-0814210154.

Book Chapters


Escobar-Lemmon, M. C., V. Hoekstra, A. J. Kang and M. C. Kittilson. 2019. Appointing women to high courts. Pp. 200-212 In: Sterett, S. and L. D. Walker eds., Research Handbook on Law and Courts. Edward Elgar. Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, MA. ISBN: 978-1788113199.

Kittilson, M. C. 2019. Gender and electoral behavior. Pp. 3-20 In: Franceschet, S., M. L. Krook and N. Tan eds., The Palgrave Handbook of Women's Political Rights. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 978-1137590732.


Hoekstra, V., M. C. Kittilson and E. Lilliefeldt. 2014. Gender, high courts, and ideas about representation in Western Europe. Pp. 103-117 In: Escobar-Lemmon, M. and M. M. Taylor-Robinson eds., Representation: The Case of Women. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199340101.


Kittilson, M. C. 2013. Party politics. Pp. 536-553 In: Waylen, G., K. Celis, J. Kantola and S. L. Weldon eds., The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199751457.


Kittilson, M. C. and C. J. Anderson. 2011. Electoral supply and voter turnout. Pp. 33-54 In: Dalton, R. J. and C. J. Anderson eds., Citizens, Context, and Choice: How Content Shapes Citizens' Electoral Choices. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199599233.


Kittilson, M. C. 2007. Research resources in comparative political behavior. Pp. 865-895 In: Dalton, R. J. and H. Klingemann eds., The Oxford Handbook of Political Science. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199270125.


Kittilson, M. C. and K. Tate. 2005. Political parties, minorities, and elected office: Comparing opportunities for inclusion in the United States and Britian. Pp. 163-185 In: Wolbrecht, C. and R. Hero eds., The Politics of Democratic Inclusion. Philadelphia, PA. ISBN: 978-1592133581.


Kittilson, M. C. and S. E. Scarrow. 2003. Political parties and the rhetoric and realities of democratization. Pp. 59-80 In: Cain, B. E., R. J. Dalton and S. E. Scarrow eds., Democracy Transformed? Expanding Political Opportunities in Advanced Industrial Deomcracies. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199264995.


Caul, M. L. and M. M. Gray. 2000. From platform declaration to policy outcomes: Changing party profiles and partisan influence over policy. Pp. 208-237 In: Dalton, R. J. and M. P. Wattenberg eds., Parties without Partisans: Political Change in Advanced Industrial Democracies. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199253098.

Caul, M. L. and K. Tate. 2000. Thinner ranks: Women as candidates and California's blanket primary. Pp. 234-247 In: Cain, B. E. and E. R. Gerber eds., Voting at the Political Fault Line: California's Experiment with the Blanket Primary. University of California Press. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA. ISBN: 978-0520228344.