Media / popular science

Podcasts / recorded events

April 2024: Podcast with the Nordic Asia podcast

April 2024: Podcast with Universitetsplassen (in Norwegian), short article about it here

October 2023: Interview with Studio 2 on the bill on women’s quotas in India. 

February 2022: Seminar about politicized spending in India at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania.

August 2021: Panel debate on quota policies at the Bergen Exchanges (UiB/CMI).

December 2020: Radio interview on Dagsnytt 18 about farmer protests in India.

January 2019: Radio interview with EKKO NRK January 11, 2019  about the situation for women and minorities in India (in Norwegian).

January 2019: Radio/podcast interview about Indian politics with Krig og fred January 10, 2019.

October 2018: Nils Klim samtalen 2018. TV-interview about my research (in Norwegian).

June 2018: “The Politics of Inclusion: Electoral Quotas in India,” The Nils Klim Seminar 2018.

April 2018: Radio interview with NRK Ekko about my research on caste in India (in Norwegian).

March 2018: Podcast with NUPI about winning the Nils Klim Prize 2018.

October 2017:The Impact of Affirmative Action in India.” Book event at the Carnegie.

August 2016:Can electoral quotas advance social justice – and how do we know?” Chr. Michelsen Prize lecture at the 2016 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation.

Articles I have written

Partisanship’s Striking Resilience in India,” part of the India Elects 2024 series by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (with Ankita Barthwal)

Hvor ble det av opposisjonen?” Artikkel in Klassekampen April 2024 (with Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Arild Engelsen Ruud)  

“Time in office and gender gap in dishonesty: Evidence from local politics.” Ideas for India, November 16, 2022 (with Ananish Chaudhuri, Vegard Iversen, Pushkar Maitra).

“India’s ‘missing girls’: Women’s education and declining child sex-ratios.” Ideas for India, June 30, 2021 (with Pradeep Chhibber and Susan Ostermann).

Mala Htun and Francesca R. Jensenius, “Comparative Perspectives on the Caregiving Crisis, Welfare States, and Men’s Roles,” APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter XXX, Issue 2, Fall 2020: 22-32.

Mala Htun and Francesca R. Jensenius, “The news media’s reporting on a pandemic spike in violence against women. It might actually be declining,” Monkey Cage (The Washington Post)

Article series related to the Indian 2019 General Elections for the ThePrint (with Pradeep Chhibber and Harsh Shah), translated to Norwegian by Asiapunkt:

Article series about the Indian 2019 General Elections for Norwegian news media (with Lars Tore Flåten, Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Arild Engelsen Ruud, Guro Warhuus Samuelsen):

Study shows Indian politicians are spending less and less time in legislative assemblies.” ThePrint, April 18, 2019

Women and minorities in the Lok Sabha: Intersectionality in the Indian elections.” Asia Dialogue, April 15, 2019.

“Electoral Quotas as a Tool for Fighting Exclusion and Discrimination”. India in Transition, April 11, 2016. Re-posted as “The inclusive effects of electoral quotas” in the Hindu Business Line.

“Caste quotas in politics and development outcomes”Ideas for India, April 14, 2016.

“Luften som dreper” (with Geir Heierstad and Kenneth Bo Nielsen). Bergens Tidende, August  16, 2015.

“Valg 2014: et nytt India?” Hvor hender det? September 1, 2014

Article series about the Indian 2014 General Elections for Norwegian news media (with Lars Tore Flåten, Geir Heierstad, and Kenneth Bo Nielsen):

“Virker politisk kvotering?” Aftenposten Viten, December 9, 2013.

“Lobbying, stray-dogs og europeisk integrasjon i Øst-Europas Paris” (with Riccardo F.W. Falco and Kristin Mørkestøl). Zoon Politikon, no 2, 2002, pp. 21-22.

Other media appearances

April 2024: Interviewed about the Indian elections by CASI, NTB, UiO.

June 2023:   Articles on our paper on women and corruption in India winning the Fulbright Norway article of the year award in SV-nytt, Khrono, Uniforum, and Kilden.

June 2023:   Article on our dataset LokDhaba winning the 2023 Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award in The Wire.

March 2023: Op-ed in The Guardian about my research on print media in India (co-authored with Julia Cagé and Guilhem Cassan) 

October 2019: References to my work on electoral quotas in an article in ThePrint.

May 2019: Coverage of my article about Muslim representation in India in Hindustan Times.

May 2019: Interview in Urix about the Indian general elections 2019 (Norwegian).

April 2019: Interview with me about the Indian general elections 2019 in Klassekampen (Norwegian).

April 2019: Introduction to the Indian general elections 2019 by the faculty of social sciences, UiO (Norwegian). 

April 2019: Coverage of my article “Competing Inequalities?” in an article on women in politics in India in liveMint

January 2019: Interview with Aftenposten about protests in the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

January 2019: Radio interview with NRK news about the Norwegian PM’s visit to India.

September 2018: Coverage of my book “Social Justice through Inclusion” being short-listed for theby the New India Foundation (NIF) book prize 2018 in LiveMint,, and Hindustan Times.

June 2018: Article about my book “Social Justice through Inclusion” in The Indian Express

June 2018: Coverage of the Nils Klim Prize ceremony by Holbergprisen, UiO, UiB, Uniforum, Utrop, Klassekampen

March 2018: Coverage of winning the Nils Klim prize by NUPI, Holbergprisen, UiO, UiB, Klassekampen, NRK Ekko,, Uniforum

January 2017: Article in The Wire referring to analyses in my book “Social Justice through Inclusion.”

December 2017: Article in Business Standard referring to analyses in my book “Social Justice through Inclusion.”

November 2017: Article in LiveMint about Dalit voting using data and referring to analyses in my book “Social Justice through Inclusion.”

June 2017: Articles about the release of my book “Social Justice through Inclusion” by NUPI and

June 2017: Article about my work on the UWC Norway Newsletter, “Alumni of the month

March 2017: Article about my fieldwork for the March 8 celebration of International Women’s Day.

March 2016: Coverage of the announcement of the Chr. Michelsen Prize for outstanding development research 2016 by CMI and NUPI. awarded for my article “Development from Representation?”

January 2016: Coverage of NUPI’s BALANCE project, aimed at supporting the career trajectory of NUPI’s female researchers.

December 2015: Article about the new research project “Legal Change and Women’s Economic Agency.”

October 2015: Article in Adresseavisen about rape in India.

July 2015: Article in Mint about my research on quotas in India.

November 2014: Article about the “Kiss for Love” campaign in Kerala.

May 2014: Introduction to the Indian election at the NUPI website. Available in Norwegian and in English.

May 2014: Article in VG about the election  results in the Indian parliamentary elections.

May 2014: Article in E24 about the election results in the Indian parliamentary elections.

April 2014: Article by Gilles Verniers about the rising representation of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh, referring to my work on Muslims in Indian politics.

February 2013: Coverage of public lecture at Stovner vidergående skole.

May 2012: Coverage of a three day workshop about data analysis for the Election Commission of India.

August 2003: Article about student campaign at the University of Oslo.

September 1999: Article about one day I spent with a researcher on wolves in the Norwegian forest. This “Dream Day with a Scientist” was a special prize won in the competition Norwegian Young Scientists in 1999.