Mr Giovanni Mantilla

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Giovanni Mantilla is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and in 2013-2014 held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. His research focuses on the origins, design, development and effects of international law, norms and institutions, particularly in the fields of humanitarian law (or the law of armed conflict) and human rights. His current work examines the history and politics of the international humanitarian law of internal armed conflicts, including Common Article 3 to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, and the Additional Protocols to those Conventions, from 1977. Why and how did international standards of humane conduct emerge in an area so sensitive to states? What can their origins tell us about their practical operation? Despite the well-known gravity of civil war violence around the world, little systematic theory-driven research has been devoted to these questions, which Mantilla tries to answer through in-depth multi-country archival work. Mantilla's research has been published in academic journals such as Global Governance. While at Princeton, he will work on a book based on his doctoral dissertation, in addition to academic articles and new projects that extend his previous findings.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2013.
  • M.A.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2010.
  • B.A.: Political Science, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2005.
  • B.A.: Languages and Sociocultural Studies, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2005.


  • The Politics of the International Humanitarian Laws in Civil Wars
  • International Relations Theory
  • Non-State Actors and International Human Rights Norms
  • Colombian Armed Conflict
Courses Taught
  • Teaching Assistant. POL 3479. Latin American Politics. Fall. 2010. Prof. Lisa Hilbink.
  • Teaching Assistant. POL 4485/5485. Human Rights and Democracy in the World. Spring 2010. Prof. Kathryn Sikkink.
  • Teaching Assistant. POL 1025. Global Politics. Fall 2009. Instr. David Leon.
  • Teaching Assistant. POL 1054. Repression and Democracy Around the World. Fall 2008. Prof. Phil Shively
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-convener: Qualitative Methods Workshop, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota , Spring 2010
  • Co-convener: Minnesota International Relations Colloquium , August 2009 - Present
  • Researcher: Fundación Ideas para la Paz, Bogotá, Colombia. , June 2005 - August 2007
  • Assistant, Regional Security Group: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bogotá, Colombia , April 2006 - April 2007
  • Research Assistant, Programa Congreso Visible: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia , January 2003 - December 2003


  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, July 2013 - June 2014
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (with Prof. Kathryn Sikkink): Summer 2010
  • Research Assistant: Cold War Consensus Project - Prof. Ronald R. Krebs, January 2009 - Present
  • Summer Research Fellow - Human Rights Watch, NYC, NY.: The Victimization of LGBT Persons in Colombia, June 2008 - September 2008
  • Mantilla, Giovanni (2011). What is the Link between Religion and Violence? An Assessment of the Literature. Análisis Polí­tico, 70, 25-41. Download
  • Mantilla, Giovanni (2009). Emerging International Human Rights Norms for Transnational Corporations. Global Governance, 15: 2, 279-298. Download
  • Mantilla, Giovanni (2008). Constructing codes and broadening agendas: the case of Asocolflores, the Colombian Flower Exporters Association. Embedding Human Rights in Business Practices II , Link
  • Mantilla, Giovanni (2006). Gubernamentalidad y Seguridad Democrática: Una aproximación a las prácticas de seguridad democrática en Colombia desde la filosofí­a polí­tica de Michel Foucault. CESO-Universidad de los Andes.
  • Mantilla, Giovanni (2005). Gobernar y Asegurar: una lectura crí­tica de la Seguridad Democrática en Colombia desde la filosofí­a polí­tica de Michel Foucault. Colombia Internacional, 60, 156-175. LinkDownload
  • Mantilla, Giovanni, Alexandra Guáqueta (2005). Cómo manejar riesgos de seguridad y construir paz al mismo tiempo. Revista EAN, 55, LinkDownload
  • Robert T. Holt Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Political Science, University of Minnesota, Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
  • (Alternate) Jennings Randolph Dissertation Fellowship, U.S. Institute for Peace, Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
  • Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship in European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, University of Minnesota, June 2012 - August 2012
  • Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, May 2011
  • Andrew Dickinson Memorial Fellowship, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Summer 2011
  • Travel Award. The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA), 2011
  • International Studies Association (ISA) Travel Grant, 2011
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Award. University of Minnesota, Summer 2010
  • Institute of Qualitative and Multi-method Research, Syracuse University, Summer 2010. Received support to attend from the Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota.
  • ICGC-Compton International Fellowship, Fall 2009 - Present
  • Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship, Summer 2008
  • N. Marbury Efimenco Graduate Fellowship, Fall 2007 - Fall 2008
  • Alban Program – Higher Education Scholarship awarded by the European Union (declined), Fall 2007
  • Cum Laude, Universidad de los Andes, Spring 2005
  • A. Leroy Bennett Award for Best Faculty Paper presented at ISA-NE, 2013, November 2014