About Me

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I am the Samuel Clark Waugh Professor of International Relations and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  I also serve as the Director of the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs and the Faculty Coordinator for the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community.  My research interests are in international relations, human rights and international law.

My book, Domestic Politics and International Human Rights Tribunals:  The Problem of Compliance, was published  by Cambridge University Press (February 2014) as part of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law Series.  My research has also appeared or is forthcoming in DemocratizationThe European Journal of International RelationsForeign Policy Analysis, The Harvard International Law JournalHuman Rights Quarterly, Human Rights Review, International Interactions, The Journal of Human Rights and other outlets.  I am also the co-editor of State Responses to Human Security:  At Home and Abroad, which was published by Routledge Press in November 2013.

I recently received an NSF grant with Jillienne Haglund (University of Kentucky) to unpack the effects of overlapping human rights institutions on women’s rights protections.  I also am working on a new book project on the backlash to international criminal tribunals, as well as a set of co-authored projects on the nexus between human rights and public opinion and the use of “fast data” to map human rights abuses.  Click on the Research tab, above, to learn more about my research interests.

In addition to my scholarship and teaching, I will serve as an Associate Editor of International Studies Quarterly as part of the 2019-2023 editorial team.  I also am the Chair of the International Studies Association Human Rights Section and a founding and executive committee member of the Inter-American Human Rights Network, an interdisciplinary community of researchers focused on the Inter-American Human Rights System.  I have previously served as the Social Media Coordinator of the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association.

I received my Ph.D. in 2010 from the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  While in graduate school, I had research fellowships at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and the School of Human Rights Research at Utrecht University in Utrecht, the Netherlands.  Before starting my graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, I attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.  I graduated suma cum laude from Middlebury with a B.A. in History and Spanish in 2004.

Originally from Stafford Springs, CT (check it out here), I now live in Lincoln with my husband, Carrick Detweiler, and our family.  I spend my free time traveling (I occasionally write about our travels here), reading, running, exploring Lincoln and best of all, cherishing my time with our two daughters.  Although I don’t get to do it too often anymore, I grew up skiing and snowboarding and taught skiing for many years at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, VT.  Since my time in The Netherlands in 2009, I have become very attached to my bicycle and enjoy Lincoln’s fabulous network of bike trails.  More recently, I’ve taken up running.  I completed my first marathon in May 2012 with a group called Team in Training, which runs and fundraises on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  With a 26.2 under my belt, I’ve since discovered that half marathons are half the distance but twice the fun and I try to run a half marathon or two each year.