Professor of Political Science

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters

Melinda Adams received her B.A. in International Studies from Emory University and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teaching interests include comparative politics, African politics, democratization, and women and politics.

Her research focuses on women's political action in domestic and international arenas. Her dissertation examines state feminist measures - the creation of women's national machineries, state protection of women's human rights, and the establishment of gender quotas - in Cameroon. It argues that domestic conditions influence the effects of transnational linkages and global norms. A current research project focuses on gender equity policies in the African Union.

OFFICE: 1108 Harrison Hall
PHONE: (540) 568-3377
FAX: (540) 568-3330

College of Arts and Letters
James Madison University
54 Bluestone Drive, MSC 2105
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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