Kerryn Baker



BA (Hons) VUW, PhD ANU

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Kerryn Baker

Dr Kerryn Baker is a Fellow in the Department of Pacific Affairs, ANU. She has a BA(Hons) in International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD in Political Science from the ANU. She has research experience in the French Pacific, Papua New Guinea (including Bougainville), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. She had published in leading journals including Pacific Affairs, Government and Opposition, Australian Journal of Political Science, Representation, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies and Political Science on issues of political participation, electoral reform and women’s political representation. Her book Pacific Women in Politics: Gender Quota Campaigns in the Pacific Islands was published by University of Hawaii Press in 2019 and she is the co-editor (with Marian Sawer) of Gender Innovation in Political Science: New Norms, New Knowledge (Palgrave, 2019).

Research interests

Elections and Electoral Reform; Women’s Political Representation; Politics in the Pacific Islands Region

Line of voters during Samoan elections

Recording now online: The prolonged and unprecedented 2021 Samoan Elections

On 20 May 2021, DPA hosted a webinar on the prolonged and unprecedented 2021 Samoan elections.

Session 3 at the Bougainville Symposium

Bougainville & Papua New Guinea on the Eve of the Referendum

On 10 October 2019, the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs hosted a symposium entitled, Bougainville & Papua New Guinea on the Eve of the Referendum.

Panel convenor, DPA Research Fellow Dr Kerryn Baker was joined by Honourable Ali’imalemanu Alofa Tuuau (MP, Samoa), Dr Transform Aqorau (a former Chief Executive Officer of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement and a DPA Visiting Fellow) and Sarah Garap (a renowned social and political activist from Papua New Guinea).

Panel on Women’s Political Participation in the Pacific

On International Women’s Day 2019 a large audience, including a contingent of current male and female Australia Awards scholars, attended a special panel seminar on Pacific women’s political partic

Advancing models of parliamentary gender quotas in the Pacific

Kerryn Baker, a Research Fellow at the Australian National University’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Programme, says while the Pacific has a long way to go, there are signs of p

Rita Pearson, 2015 election candidate in Taonita Teop, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, with some of her campaign team. Image SSGM

PNG Women in Leadership Support Program

In January 2017, the Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University commencde a five year PNG Women in Leadership Support Program (WLSP).


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