This is a joint seminar with the IR Seminar series organized by the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. Please note that the location (JRR Building, 399 Ruehl Family Room) is different from our normal location for the Bradford Seminars.
Kathryn Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. She is an international relations scholar best known for her work on human rights, international norms, transnational advocacy networks and transitional justice. Her book Activists beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics (co-authored with Margaret Keck) was awarded the Grawemeyer Award and the ISA Chadwick Alger Award). Her 2011 book, The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics (awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Center Book Award, and the WOLA/Duke University Award), explores the emergence and impact of individual criminal accountability of state officials for past human rights violations. Sikkink’s 2017 book, Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century (Princeton University Press) documents the legitimacy and effectiveness of human rights law, institutions, and movements. Her forthcoming book from Yale University Press The Hidden Face of Rights, based on her Castle Lectures, argued for diverse actors to embrace responsibilities as a means of more fully implementing human rights. Sikkink has been a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and a Guggenheim fellow. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. Sikkink holds an MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University.