My research broadly examines the intersection of domestic politics and international relations, particularly as it relates to international human rights law.  I  am interested in understanding the ways in which state actors use and occasionally usurp international law as a domestic political tool and how that process affects the protection of human rights.

My research projects fall into five lines of inquiry:  1) compliance and regional human rights courts; 2) backlash to international human rights and criminal tribunals; 3) international human rights governance; 4) public opinion and human rights; and 5) the intersection between human rights, human security and conflict.  By clicking on the links under the research tab, above, you can learn more about these different research agendas.

In 2014, I was honored to be awarded the Carroll R. McKibben Distinguished Research Award.