Dr Kathryn A Sikkink
Kathryn Sikkink is a Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota. She is a professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard.
Educational Background & Specialties
- Ph.D.: Columbia University, 1988.
- International norms and institutions
- International human rights norms and law
- Transnational advocacy networks
- Social justice
- Political activism
- Latin America politics
- Grassroots protests
- War crimes tribunals
- Human rights trials
- Women's rights
- U.S. human rights policy
- Human Rights and Democracy in the World
- Global Citizenship and International Ethics
- The Politics of International Law
- International Norms and Institutions
- Theoretical Approaches to Human Rights
Research & Professional Activities
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Membership Section Panel for Class III, Section 3 (Fall 2005); Chair, Membership Section Panel for Class III, Section 3, 2008-2010:
- Member, International Panel of Editorial Advisers and Consultants, International Encyclopedia of Political Science, published by CQ Press with the assistance of the American Political Science Association, 2005-2008.:
- Member, Editorial Board: International Studies Quarterly , 2003 - 2009
- Member, Board of Directors: Social Science Research Council , 2002 - 2009
- Member, Editorial Board: American Political Science Review , 2002 - 2009
- Member, Advisory Board, Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt, Germany, 2002-2005:
- Member: Council on Foreign Relations , 2002
- Member: American Academy of Arts and Sciences , 2001
- Member, Editorial Board: Journal International Organization
- Chair, Advisory Board, Human Rights Program (CLA), 2002-present:
- Member, Advisory Board, Human Rights Center, Law School, 1990-present:
- “The Power of Networks in International Politics,“ in Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance Edited by Miles Kahler (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009): 228-247.
- “From State Responsibility to Individual Criminal Accountability: A New Regulatory Model for Core Human Rights Violations,“The Politics of Global Regulation, Edited by Walter Mattli and Ngaire Woods (Princeton University Press, 2009): 121-150.
- “From International Relations to Global Society,“ (co-authored with Michael Barnett) The Oxford Handbook of International Relations, edited by Christian Reau-Smit and Duncan Snidal (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008): 62-83; reprinted also in The Oxford Handbook of Political Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009): 748-768.
- “The Role of Consequences, Comparison and Counterfactuals in Constructivists Ethical Thought,“ in Moral Limit and Possibility in World Politics, edited by Richard M. Price (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2008): 83-111.
- “Bush Administration Noncompliance with the Prohibition on Torture and Cruel and Degrading Treatment,“ in Bringing Human Rights Home: From Civil Rights to Human Rights Vol. 2, edited by Cynthia Soohoo, Catherine Albisa, and Martha F. Davis (Westport, CT: Praeger Publisher, 2008): 187-208.
- “From Pariah State to Global Human Rights Protagonist: Argentina and the Struggle for International Human Rights" Latin American Politics and Society 50 (1) (Spring 2008): 1-29.
- “The Justice Cascade and the Impact of Human Rights Trials in Latin America“ (co-authored with Carrie Booth Walling) Journal of Peace Research 44(4), July 2007; translated into Spanish as: “La Cascada de Justicia y el Impacto de los Juicios de Derechos Humanos en América Latina,“Cuadernos del CLAEH: Revista Uruguaya de Ciencias Sociales, 2 serie, Año 31, No. 96-97 (2008): 15-40.
- “Argentina’s Contribution to Global Trends in Transitional Justice“ (co-authored with Carrie Booth Walling), in Beyond Truth and Justice: Transitional Justice in the New Millennium, edited by Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Javier Mariezcurrena (Cambridge University Press, 2006): 301-324.
- “The Transnational Dimension of the Judicialization of Politics in Latin America,“ in The Judicialization of Politics in Latin America, edited by Rachel Sieder, Line Schjolden and Alan Angell (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005): 263-292; Spanish translation: La Judicialización de la Política en América Latina (Bogota: Universidad Externado de Colombia, 2007).“
- “Patterns of Dynamic Multilevel Governance and the Insider-Outsider Coalition,“ in Transnational Protest and Global Activism. Edited by Donatella Della Porta and Sidney Tarrow. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005, pp. 151-173.
- Mixed Signals: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004).
- “Kissinger y la Guerra Sucia: Un Análisis de los Documentos Desclasificados Recientemente,“ in El Debate Político: Revista Iberoamericana de Análisis Político Volume 1, Number 2 (December 2004), pp. 90-102.
- “The Dirty War’s Declassified Documents: A New Perspective on Bilateral Relations, Chapter 3,“ in Argentina-United States Bilateral Relations: An Historical Perspective and Future Challenges. Edited by Cynthia Arnson. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2003, pp. 37-42.
- “A Typology of Relations Between Social Movements and International Institutions,“ in Proceedings of the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, April 2-5, 2003, Washington, D.C., pp. 301-305.
- “La Dimensión Transnacional de los Movimientos Sociales,“ in Más Allá de la Nación: Las Escalas Múltiples de Los Movimientos Sociales. Edited by Elizabeth Jelin. (Buenos Aires: Libros del Zorzal, 2003): 301-335.
- Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks, and Norms. Co-edited with Sanjeev Khagram and James Riker. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002).
- "Human Rights Advocacy Networks and the Social Construction of Legal Rules." in Global Prescriptions: The Production, Exportation, and Importation of a New Legal Orthodoxy. Edited by Yves Dezalay and Bryant Garth (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002): 37-64.
- "Human Rights" with Hans Peter Schmitz, in the Handbook of International Relations. Edited by Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse, and Beth Simmons. (London: Sage Publications, 2002): 517-537.
- “The International Dimension of Democratization and Human Rights in Latin America,“ with Ellen Lutz. In Democracy in Latin America: (Re)Constructing Political Society. Edited by Manuel Antonio Garreton and Edward Newman. (New York: United Nations University Press, 2001): 278-300,
- "Taking Stock: The Constructivist Research Program in International Relations and Comparative Politics," with Martha Finnemore. Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 4 (June 2001): 391-416.
- "Historical Precursors to Modern Campaigns for Women's Rights: Campaigns against Footbinding and Female Circumcision," in Women and International Human Rights Law: Volume 3: Toward Empowerment. Edited by Kelly D. Askin and Dorean M. Koenig (Ardsley, N.Y.: Transnational Publishers, 2001): 797-818.
- "Historical Precursors to Modern Transnational Social Movements and Networks," with Margaret Keck, in Globalizations and Social Movements: Culture, Power, and the Transnational Public Sphere. Edited by John A. Guidry, Michael Kennedy, and Mayer Zald (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001): 35-53.
- "The Justice Cascade: The Evolution and Impact of Foreign Human Rights Trials in Latin America," with Ellen Lutz. Chicago Journal of International Law 2:1 (Spring 2001): 1-33.
- "International Human Rights Law and Practice in Latin America," with Ellen Lutz. International Organization 54:3 (Summer 2000): 633-660.
- "La dimensión transnacional de los movimientos sociales," in La sociedad civil frente a las nuevas formas de institucionalidad democrática, Martín Abregú and Silvina Ramos, editors (Buenos Aires: Cuadernos del Foro, Año 2, Numero 2, 2000): pp. 47-69
- The Power of Human Rights: International Norms and Domestic Change. Co-edited with Thomas Risse and Stephen Ropp, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).
- "Redes Transnacionales de Cabildeo e Influencia,“ with Margaret Keck Foro Internacional 34:4 (October-December 1999): 404-428.
- "Transnational Advocacy Networks in International and Regional Politics," with Margaret Keck. International Social Science Journal #159, UNESCO (March 1999): 89-101.
- Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics. Co-authored with Margaret Keck. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998). Translated into Spanish as Activistas Sin Fronteras: Redes de Defensa en Política Internacional (Mexico City: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 2000); Chinese translation by Peking University Press, 2005; Arabic translation by the Arabic Book Program, American Cultural Center, Amman, Jordon, 2005.
- "International Norm Dynamics and Political Change," with Martha Finnemore. In the Special Issue "International Organization at Fifty: Exploration and Contestation in the Study of World Politics," International Organization 52:4 (Autumn 1998): 887-917.
- "Transnational Politics, International Relations Theory, and Human Rights,"PS: Political Science and Politics Vol. 31, 3 (September 1998): 517-521; reprinted in Comparative Politics: Notes and Readings, edited by Bernard E. Brown, 10th Edition (Harcourt, Brace, 2005); and Readings on How the World Works: Current Issues in International Relations edited by Russell Bova (Longman Publishers, 2009).
- "Transnational Advocacy Networks in the Movement Society," with Margaret Keck. In The Social Movement Society edited by David S. Meyer and Sidney Tarrow (New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1998): 217-238.
- "Development Ideas in Latin America: Paradigm Shift and the Economic Commission for Latin America," in International Development and the Social Sciences: Essays in the History and Politics of Knowledge, edited by Frederick Cooper and Randall Packard (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997):. 228-256.
- "Reconceptualizing Sovereignty in the Americas: Historical Precursors and Current Practices," Houston Journal of International Law Vol. 19, Number 3 (Spring 1997): pp. 705-729; also published as a chapter in El papel del derecho international en América: La soberanía en la era de la integración regional (Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, 1997): 101-119.
- "The Effectiveness of U.S. Human Rights Policy, 1973-1980," in The International Dimensions of Democratization: Europe and the Americas, edited by Laurence Whitehead (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996): 93-124.
- "Nongovernmental Organizations, Democracy, and Human Rights in Latin America." chapter in Beyond Sovereignty: Collectively Defending Democracy in the Americas, edited by Tom Farer (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996): 150-168.
- "The Emergence, Evolution, and Effectiveness of the Latin American Human Rights Network," chapter in Constructing Democracy: Human Rights, Citizenship, and Society in Latin America edited by Elizabeth Jelin and Eric Herschberg (Boulder: Westview Press, 1996): 59-84. Spanish translation: "La red internacional de derechos humanos en América Latina: surgimiento, evolución y efectividad," Construir la democracia: derechos humanos, ciudadanía y sociedad en América Latina (Caracas: Nueva Sociedad, 1996); Portuguese translation published by Editora da Universidade de Sí£o Paulo, 2006.
- "Non-governmental Organizations and Transnational Issue Networks in International Politics," Proceedings of the 89th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (Washington, D.C.: The American Society of International Law, 1995): 413-415.
- "Human Rights, Principled Issue Networks, and Sovereignty in Latin America,"International Organization Vol. 47, No. 3 (Summer 1993): 411-441. Reprinted in The New Political Economy of Globalization, edited by Richard Higgott and Anthony Payne (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2000).
- "The Origins and Continuity of Human Rights Policies in the United States and Western Europe." in Ideas and Foreign Policy edited by Judith Goldstein and Robert Keohane (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993): 139-170.
- "U.S. Policy and Human Rights in Argentina and Guatemala, 1973-1980," with Lisa Martin, in Double-Edged Diplomacy: International Bargaining and Domestic Politics, edited by Peter Evans, Harold Jacobson, and Robert Putnam (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993): 330-362.
- "Nuevo Institucionalismo y Política Desarrollista: Capacidad y Autonomia del Estado en Brasil y la Argentina," Desarrollo Económico Vol. 32, No. 128 (January-March 1993): 501-531.
- Ideas and Institutions: Developmentalism in Brazil and Argentina (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991). Translated into Spanish as El Proyecto Desarrollista: Argentina y Brasil (Buenos Aires: Siglo Veintiuno Editora Iberoamericana, forthcoming 2009)
- "The Influence of Raúl Prebisch on Economic Policy Making in Argentina 1955-1962," and "Response." Latin American Research Review Vol. XXIII, No. 2 (1988): 91-114, and 128-131.
- "International Codes of Conduct for Transnational Corporations: The Case of the WHO/UNICEF Code," International Organization, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Autumn 1986): 815-840. Reprinted in Paul F. Diehl, ed. The Politics of International Organization: Patterns and Insights (Chicago: Dorsey Press 1989): 342-363, and Robert N. Wells, Jr, ed. Peace by Pieces: United Nations Agencies and Their Roles (Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, 1991): 335-371.
- Regents Professor, University of Minnesota, 2006- Present
- Member, Council on Foreign Relations, 2002-Present
- Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota, 2005-2009
- Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2001-Present
- Member, Society for Comparative Research, 2001-Present
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fellowship, 2008-2009
- Distinguished Teaching Award: Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education, University of Minnesota, 2003-2004
- Fulbright Scholar Award, Argentina, 2001 - 2002
- Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2000-2002
- McKnight-Land Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 1991-1993
- International Studies Association Chadwick Alger Award for Best Book in the area of International Organizations, 2000 (Awarded to Activists Beyond Borders).
- Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, 2000