Aili Mari Tripp is Wangari Maathai Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies and Chair of the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. Tripp’s research has focused on women and politics in Africa, women’s movements in Africa, women and peacebuilding, transnational feminism, African politics (with particular reference to Uganda and Tanzania), and on the informal economy in Africa. Her current research involves a comparative study of women and legal reform in North Africa. She is also coordinating a related research project on Women and Peacebuilding in Africa, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Foreign Ministry of Norway, involving research in northern Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Algeria, and Somalia. The researchers are from Nigeria, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, Norway and the United States. She recently has won awards from Fulbright, the American Academy in Berlin and the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the UW-Madison.
She is author of several award winning books, including Women and Power in Postconflict Africa (2015), Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime (2010), African Women’s Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes (2009) with Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga, and Alice Mungwa, and Women and Politics in Uganda (2000). Her first book was Changing the Rules: The Politics of Liberalization and the Urban Informal Economy in Tanzania (1997). She has edited Sub-Saharan Africa: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide (2003), and co-edited (with Balghis Badri) Women’s Activism in Africa (2017), (with Myra Marx Ferree and Christina Ewig) Gender, Violence, and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives (2013), (with Myra Marx Ferree) Global Feminism: Transnational Women’s Activism (2006), Organizing, and Human Rights, (with Joy Kwesiga) The Women’s Movement in Uganda: History, Challenges and Prospects (2002) as well as (with Marja-Liisa Swantz) What Went Right in Tanzania? People’s Responses to Directed Development (1996).
Tripp has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the African Politics Conference Group best book on African politics award, the Victoria Schuck award of the American Political Science Association for the best book on women and politics. In 2014 she won the African Studies Association Public Service Award. She is currently active on the steering committee of the American Council of Learned Societies’ African Humanities Program.
Ebila, Florence and Aili Tripp. “Naked Transgressions: Gendered Symbolism in Ugandan Land Protests.” Politics, Identities and Groups. Published online January 26, 2017.
Aili Tripp, “Mernissi on Women, Islam and Politics: Contemporary Perspectives,” Ed. Najib Mokhtari In Dreams of Transgress: Defaulting the Boundaries of Islamic Feminism. Rabat: UIR Publications Series, 2017.
Aili Tripp. Women’s Activism in Africa: Struggles over Rights and Representation. Edited with Balghis Badri. Oxford: Zed Books, 2017.
Aili Tripp “Women and Politics in Africa,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History, Ed. Thomas Spear. Oxford: Oxford University Press. July 2017.
Aili Tripp, “Women’s Organizations and Peace Initiatives,” Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict. Eds. Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Nahla Valji, Naomi Cahn and Dina Haynes. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016.
Aili Tripp, “Women’s Movements in Africa,” Women’s Movements in the Global Era: The Power of Local Feminisms. Edited by Amrita Basu, Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2016.
Aili Tripp “Gender, Race, and Intersectionality,” In Palgrave Handbook on Gender and Development: Critical Engagements in Feminist Theory and Practice. Ed. Wendy Harcourt, New York, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers. 2016.
Aili Tripp "Women’s Movements and Constitution Making after Civil Unrest and Conflict in Africa: The Cases of Kenya and Somalia," Politics & Gender, 12 (2016): 78-106.
Aili Tripp “Ambiguities and Challenges in Measuring Women’s Movement Strength,” (Dialogues)," Politics, Groups, and Identities, Published online 9 August 2016.
Aili Tripp “The Difference That Difference Makes: Comparative Perspectives on Concepts of Gender, Ethnicity, and Race” Politics, Groups and Identities, 4 (2) 2016: 307-324.
Aili Tripp “Women’s mobilisation for legislative political representation in Africa,” Review of African Political Economy, 43 (149) 2016: 382-399.
Aili Mari Tripp, Women and Power in Postconflict Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Wangari Maathai Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies, WARF Professorship
Evjue-Bascom Professorship in Gender and Women's Studies (2016-2021)
Feminist Scholars Fellowship from the Center for Research on Gender and Women, UW-Madison (Fall 2016)
American Academy in Berlin, Axel Springer award (Spring 2017)
Winner, Best book award in African politics, African Politics Conference Group, Women and Power in Postconflict Africa, 2016
Finalist, Herskovits Book Prize, African Studies Association, Women and Power in Postconflict Africa, 2016
Fulbright Award to carry out research and teach in Morocco
African Studies Association Public Service Award
First Runner-up, Best Book on African Politics Award, African Politics Conference Group, for Museveni’s Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime (Lynne Rienner, 2010).
President, African Studies Association, 2011-12