Britton, Hannah

Hannah
Britton, PhD
Year Inducted: 
2011
Hannah Britton
Highlights: 
  • Recipient of the Ned N. Fleming Award as well as the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence
  • Director of the Center for International Political Research at KU’s Institute for Policy and Social Research
  • Co-director of a workshop on leadership for women from Egypt and Morocco funded by the U.S. Department of State
Biography: 

Dr. Britton joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2005, with appointments in both the Political Science Department and Women’s Studies Program (now Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies). A very productive scholar, she has authored several articles, book chapters, and three books. Dr. Britton is also a dedicated teacher whose commitment to and focus on her students has not impeded her service to KU, her discipline and the community at large. This is reflected in her selection for two university-wide teaching awards, the Ned N. Fleming Award and the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, in addition to departmental teaching awards.

       Dr. Britton first went to Southern Africa more than a decade ago during the early days of South African independence. She traced the ways in which women who had been active in resistance movements made the transition into democratic politics. This required painstaking research working within townships to gain trust and work across communities. Her resulting dissertation and book, Women in the South African Parliament: From Resistance to Governance contributed a key chapter to the South African story – the role of women. Dr. Britton’s book has influenced other feminist political scientists to investigate women’s paths to political power elsewhere in Africa and their use of multi-party coalition building and transnational-feminist networking.

          In 2007, Dr. Britton was invited by the U.S. Department of Defense Africa Center for Strategic Studies to participate in the African Senior Leaders Seminar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is currently the director of the Center for International Political Research at KU’s Institute for Policy and Social Research as well as the co-director of a workshop on leadership for women from Egypt and Morocco funded by the U.S. Department of State. Next year, Dr. Britton will travel to South Africa to embark on two new research projects: one focusing on gender-based violence in southern Africa and the other on governance and AIDS in Africa.


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