Aili Mari Tripp is Wangari Maathai Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on African politics (including North Africa), gender and politics in Africa, women’s movements, and the informal economy in Africa. She recently has won awards from the American Academy in Berlin and the Fulbright Program. She is the author of Seeking Legitimacy: Why Arab Autocracies Adopt Women’s Rights (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2019), and many other award-winning books, including Women and Power in Postconflict Africa (Cambridge University Press 2015), African Women’s Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes (with Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga and Alice Mungwa, Cambridge University Press 2009) and Women and Politics in Uganda (University of Wisconsin Press 2000). She has been president of the African Studies Association and vice president of APSA. She has also served as editor of the journal Politics & Gender and on the editorial boards of many journals.