Dr Kerryn Baker is a Fellow specialising in Pacific politics with the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs.

She has undertaken research in the French Pacific, Papua New Guinea (including Bougainville), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Dr Baker has published widely on gender, elections and political participation in the Pacific Islands region.

Her book, Pacific Women in Politics: Gender Quota Campaigns in the Pacific Islands was published by University of Hawaii Press in 2019.

Fields of expertise



On her own terms: Jacinda Ardern steps down as New Zealand PM

At 37, Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s youngest woman prime minister in October 2017. Thursday’s resignation announcement, effective…

19 January 2023


Solomon Islands riots reflect deeper unrest

Civil unrest in the Solomon Islands is not surprising and highlights long-standing development and governance challenges, according to…

26 November 2021


A crack in the glass ceiling

In April, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa caused the political equivalent of an earthquake for Samoa. The long-serving and immensely…

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