Women and Public Policy Program Fellows 2008-2009


Kathleen Coyne-McCoy 
(WAPPP Fellow)

Kathleen Coyne-McCoy is the Regional Director for Emily’s List, an organization dedicated to electing pro-choice, Democratic women to federal, state and local office. She has designed and implemented training programs for women candidates seeking political office and has helped elect over 100 women to state and local office. During her fellowship at WAPPP, Coyne-McCoy worked to develop a training manual designed for the members of the From Harvard Square to the Oval Office program. Her training will focus on topics such as strategic steps in making the decision to run, getting ready to run, building a campaign plan, creating campaign message, working with the media, and fundraising. Coyne-McCoy holds an M.S.W. from Rhode Island College and a B.A. in Social Work from Providence College.

Martha Davis
 (WAPPP Fellow/Harvard Law School Fellow)

Martha Davis is a Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, where she also co-directs the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy. Previously, Martha was Vice President and Legal Director of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Martha has written widely on women's rights, poverty and human rights, including her recent co-edited volumes, Bringing Human Rights Home, on the U.S. human rights movement. During her fellowship at WAPPP, Martha conducted research on how the power of human rights norms could be harnessed to support domestic advocacy on women’s rights, specifically women’s human right to reproductive health. Her project brought a sophisticated gender perspective to a number of critical state and federal public policies affecting women’s lives. Martha holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, a M.A. and B.A. from Oxford University, and an B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard College.

Mona Lena Krook 
(WAPPP Fellow/Radcliffe Institute Fellow)

Mona Lena Krook is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Women and Gender Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in February 2005. Mona’s dissertation, entitled Politicizing Representation: Campaigns for Candidate Gender Quotas Worldwide, developed a framework for analyzing the adoption and implementation of quotas for the selection of female candidates to political office. Her current research explored the global diffusion of gender quotas, the normative dimensions of quota reform, and the broader significance of quota policies to existing political processes, including links between the descriptive and substantive representation of women. During her fellowship at WAPPP, Mona built upon her latest book manuscript, Quotas for Women in Politics: Gender and Candidate Selection Reform Worldwide. She sought to expand this project in two ways: (1) by creating and analyzing a new database on quota campaigns and quota policies and (2) theoretical work for the next stage in her research program, which involved studying the impact of quotas on three facets of women’s political representation.

Megan MacKenzie 
(WAPPP/International Security Program Fellow)

Megan MacKenzie recently received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alberta. Her dissertation is entitled “Disciplining Development: Sex, Power and Post-Conflict Development in Sierra Leone.” Megan’s research has focused on the multiple challenges facing women in post-conflict Sierra Leone. During her fellowship at WAPPP, Megan extended her existing analysis of policy discourses related to children born of wartime rape and compare this research to policy discourses related to HIV/AIDS orphans. Focusing primarily on Sierra Leone and Uganda, she performed a comparative analysis of the existing policies and programs created to address children born of wartime rape and AIDS orphans. In addition to lecturing at the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Megan has also served as a Visiting Professor at Chungnam National University, Daejon in South Korea. Megan maintains research partnerships with several actors in Sierra Leone, including Fatima, a new University in Sierra Leone.

Martina Viarengo 
(WAPPP Fellow)

Martina Viarengo, an Italian citizen, recently received her Ph.D. in Economic History from the London School of Economics and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program on Education Policy and Governance of the Harvard Kennedy School. She was on leave from the Center for Economic Performance of the LSE where she works as a Research Economist within the Education and Skills Program. For several years, Martina had been examining the labor market in the European Union and devoted her research at WAPPP to a study of the reversal of the college gender gap in OECD countries since the 1980s. Specifically, she studied the major trends for the OECD countries whose college gender gaps have been reversed by using internationally comparable data sets and a new interdisciplinary approach. Her aim is to create an international comparison that will facilitate an understanding of the common factors that caused this phenomenon to occur in countries very different from each other with respect to their education systems and labor markets. In addition to her Ph.D., Martina also holds a Master’s in Economics from Northwestern University and a first class honors degree in Economics from the University of Turin, Italy.

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