My current book project,The Politics of Debating Culture and Women's Rights in Liberal Democracies, finds that politicians often put culture and women's rights into conflict with one another to perpetuate White cultural and racial supremacy and has the effect of naturalizing their containment of claims for minority and women's rights. This finding emerges through a comparison of three diverse cases: customary marriage reform in South Africa, the expulsion of indigenous women from the tribe for marrying non-native men in Canada, and the French face veil ban as adjudicated by the European Court of Human Rights.
In 2017, I completed a National Science Foundation grant with co-PI Carol Mershon that developed strategies for diversifying and addressing bias in political science and law and the social sciences . The website Gendering Political Science includes links to multiple published symposia and white papers related to the NSF grant; GPS also has its own Facebook page. The GPS website became the foundation for a microsite that is now hosted by the American Political Science Association's Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession. During the NSF grant I also co-founded a Race, Ethnicity and Gender Working Group in the Department of Politics at UVa.