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, transitional justice, and the laws of war.

Her publications include International, Norms, Moral Psychology, and Neuroscience (with Richard Price); The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibilies; 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); and The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance (co-edited with Thomas Risse and Stephen Ropp).

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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    kathryn_sikkink I’m delighted that my book Evidence for Hope has been translated into Bahasa Indonesia. Thanks to Ayu Wahyuningroem, PUSAD, CRCS Gajah Mada University and the Asia Foundation. t.co/AFuO64QtcM
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    kathryn_sikkink A current President (Lacalle Pou) and 2 former Presidents of Uruguay (Mujica and Sanguinetti) each from a different party, with Lula at his inauguration. Demonstrating how to support democracy in the region. t.co/fobpGsf4YG
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    kathryn_sikkink I am delighted that Ken Roth will be a fellow at the Carr Center; and I am grateful for the incredible support from my colleagues and from HKS students for the principles of human rights and academic freedom. t.co/w5lRpTasKf