Kathryn Sikkink

Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, HKS
Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliffe
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Office Address
Littauer-308
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 14
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-495-1872
Email: Kathryn_Sikkink@hks.harvard.edu
Assistant
Derya Honca (617-495-1923)
Kathryn Sikkink

Profile

Kathryn Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at HKS and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Sikkink works on international norms and institutions, transnational advocacy networks, the impact of human rights law and policies, and transitional justice.  Her publications include 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); Mixed Signals: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America; Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics (co-authored with Margaret Keck and awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order, and the ISA Chadwick Alger Award for Best Book in the area of International Organizations); and The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance, (co-edited with Thomas Risse and Stephen Ropp).  She holds an MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University.  Sikkink has been a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and a Guggenheim fellow. She is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society, the American Association for Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the editorial board of the International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, and the American Political Science Review.

Courses

Spring

  • IGA-105 The Politics of International Law
  • IGA-385 The Theory and Practice of Human Rights

Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Michel, Verónica, and Kathryn Sikkink. "Human Rights Prosecutions and the Participation Rights of Victims in Latin America." Law & Society Review 47.4 (December 2013): 873-907.
    • Sikkink, Kathryn, and and Hun Joon Kim. "The Justice Cascade: The Origins and Effectiveness of Prosecutions of Human Rights Violations." Annual Review of Law and Social Science 9 (November 2013): 269-285.
    • Clark, Ann Marie, and Kathryn Sikkink. "Information Effects and Human Rights Data: Is the Good News about Increased Human Rights Information Bad News for Human Rights Measures?" Human Rights Quarterly 35.3 (August 2013): 539-568.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Risse, Thomas, Stephen C. Ropp, and Kathryn Sikkink, eds. The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance. Cambridge University Press, 2013.