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.  I was named the Samuel Clark Waugh Distinguished Professor of International Relations in 2018, and in 2014, I was honored to be awarded the Carroll R. McKibben Distinguished Research Award.

My current research projects fall into three lines of inquiry:  1) backlash against international human rights and criminal courts; 2) the domestic implementation of women’s rights; and 3) the intended and unintended consequences of the ICC and international criminal law on state cooperation and violence.

My previous work focused on compliance and regional human rights courts; public opinion and human rights; and  the intersection between human rights, human security and conflict. 

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