Kathryn Sikkink

Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, HKS
Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliffe
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
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Kathryn Sikkink


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 member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of 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.


Fall 1


  • IGA-367M Preventing Mass Atrocities: The Security Council and the International Criminal Court


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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Clark, Ann Marie, and Kathryn Sikkink. "Response to David L. Richards." Human Rights Quarterly 38.2 (May 2016): 493-496.
    • Sikkink, Kathryn. "Latin America's Protagonist Role in Human Rights." Sur International Journal on Human Rights, English ed. 12.22 (December 2015): 207-219.
  • Book Chapters
    • Sikkink, Kathryn. "Latin America and the Idea of International Human Rights." Routledge Handbook of Latin America in the World. Ed. Jorge I. Dominguez and Ana Covarrubias. Routledge, 2015, 349-361.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Sikkink, Kathryn, and Bridget Marchesi. "Nothing but the Truth: Brazil's Truth Commission Looks Back." Foreign Affairs. February 26, 2015.

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