Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. 2002, Indiana University
Areas of Interest
political sociology-1, social movements, gender, international development, Africa
Professor Fallon's interests lie within political sociology-1, international development, and gender studies. Specifically, she focuses on women’s social movements, women’s political rights, women's health, and democracy within sub-Saharan Africa, as well as across developing countries more broadly. She has done in-depth field research within Ghana, examining the influence of democratization on women’s rights and the emergence of the women’s movement, in addition to studying the influence of the international women's movement on local activism. Through comparative analyses across developing countries, and using both qualitative and quantitative methods, she has also researched how types of democratic transitions influence women's political representation, how women's legislative representation is linked to children's health outcomes, and how women's activism contributes to the spread of women's political quotas. She is currently working on projects that examine the effects of maternity leave policies on fertility and child health outcomes, as well as exploring what factors contribute to the passage of domestic violence laws across developing countries.
Swiss, Liam, Kathleen Fallon, and Giovani Burgos. 2012. "Reaching a Critical Mass: Women's Political Representation and Child Health in Developing Countries” Social Forces 91(2): 531-58.
Fallon, Kathleen, Liam Swiss, and Jocelyn Viterna. 2012. "Resolving the Democracy Paradox: How Democratization Affects Women’s Legislative Representation in Developing Nations." American Sociological Review 77(3): 380-408.
Fallon, K. 2008. Democracy and the Rise of Women’s Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa . Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Viterna J., and Fallon K. 2008. Democratization, Women’s Movements, and Gender-Equitable States: A Framework for Comparison. American Sociological Review 74(3): 668-689.