Kathryn Sikkink

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Kathryn Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Sikkink works on international norms and institutions, transnational advocacy networks, the impact of human rights law and policies, and transitional justice.

Her publications include Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century; 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); The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance (co-edited with Thomas Risse and Stephen Ropp); and The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibilities.

She holds an MA and a PhD 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 International Organization.


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  • leonardbenardo1
    leonardbenardo1 In these grim and uncertain times, serious works of history can be a salve-- and a tool for understanding. Ira Katznelson's "Fear Itself" (2013) about the long New Deal may offer lessons about the compromises and contradictions the US will likely soon confront.
  • juanagarciaduqu
    juanagarciaduqu El nuevo libro de @kathryn_sikkink "The Hidden Face of Rights towards a politics of responsabilities" hace un llamado a la ética de la responsabilidad para resolver los problemas sociales, económicos y políticos. Buen timing para lo estamos viviendo t.co/dtEuaY8zDn
  • kathryn_sikkink
    kathryn_sikkink Trying again to retweet my OGR blog posting- link was broken but now seems fixed t.co/8JAyssPOrO