Malliga Och is an Assistant Professor in the Global Studies and Languages Department at Idaho State University. She is a scholar of women in conservative parties and an expert on women and politics and international women’s rights. She received her PhD from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. In her previous life, Malliga was the Research Director of Political Parity – a program of Hunt Alternatives in Cambridge,
Malliga has extensive research experience in women and politics, particularly in regards to conservative parties, international women’s rights in localized contexts, as well as in comparative feminist policy research with a focus on parental leave and corporate board diversity. She is the author of “Unpacking the descriptive representation of women in Asian parliaments” (with Devin Joshi), The local diffusion of international human rights norms – understanding the cities for CEDAW campaign, Conservative Feminists? An Exploration of Feminist Arguments in Parliamentary Debates of the Bundestag, and Womenomics under Abe’s Leadership Signs of Feminisation of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party? (with Linda Hasunama). She is the co-editor of The Right Women. Republican Party Activists, Candidates, and Legislators (with Shauna Shames).
She has taught comparative and international politics courses at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado State University, and Community College Denver. Malliga is the recipient of the 2017/18 Idaho State University Seed Grant, the 2018 Deborah “Misty” Gerner Grant for Professional Development, and the 2018 yellow rose award of Zonta International, Pocatello Club.
In her past life, Malliga was a member of the Public Advisory Committee of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, Committee Chair for Educational Outreach at the United Nations Association Denver Chapter, and part of the Colorado Leadership Council of the White House Project. She was also a member of the Diversity Council of Big Sister Association Boston and a core member of Women in NAAP Boston. She currently serves as the CEDAW Co-Chair for the United Nations Association’s initiative Denver for CEDAW Campaign for its Denver Metro chapter.
Malliga holds a Magister Artium in Political Science, Communications, and Law from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany and an MA in Political Science from the University of Colorado in Denver.