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

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Columbia University, 1988.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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
Courses Taught
  • 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

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:
  • 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