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First Name
Carrie Booth
Last Name
Albion College
human rights, humanitarian intervention, United Nations Security Council, international courts and tribunals, international norms, justice, individual criminal accountability
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About Me

Carrie Booth Walling is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Albion College. Walling also serves as Associate Director of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Walling teaches courses in international politics and human rights. She was awarded the Student’s Choice Teaching Award by the Albion College Student Senate for excellence in teaching and advising in 2014.

Waling’s research focuses on international responses to mass atrocity crimes including military humanitarian intervention and human rights trials; and how human rights norms are changing the meaning of state sovereignty at the United Nations.

She was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Scholar of the Year Award by Albion College in 2015. From January – August 2017 Walling will serve as a Visiting Research Scholar with the International Policy Center at the University of Michigan’s Gerald Ford School for Public Policy. Walling’s current research focuses on the relationship between the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court and how the justice norm is changing international politics at the UN Security Council. She also studies the relationship between human rights norms and state sovereignty, including the responsibility to protect.

Walling holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Minnesota (2008). Prior to joining the faculty at Albion College in 2011, Walling was a postdoctoral fellow with the Michigan Society of Fellows at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan (2008-2011). She also holds a BA in International Relations from James Madison College, Michigan State University and Masters degrees in Strategic Studies and Political Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and University of Minnesota, respectively. Walling’s previous professional experience includes program and development work for Women for Women International – a non-governmental organization serving women affected by war and conflict.”


Recent Publications

“Contentious Politics in the United States: What Role for Political Scientists?” PS: Political Science and Politics, forthcoming October 2017, 1-4 (co-authored with Maryam Zarneger Deloffre).

“Syria and the Responsibility to Prosecute: Norm Promotion in the United Nations Security Council,” in Melissa Labonte and Kurt Mills (eds.), Human Rights and Justice (Routledge, forthcoming).

“Human Rights Norms, State Sovereignty and Humanitarian Intervention,” Human Rights Quarterly, 37 (2015), 383-413.

“The UN Security Council and the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights,” in Joel Pruce (ed.), The Social Practice of Human Rights (Palgrave-Macmillon, July 2015).

“Putting the Pieces Together: Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards Website,” (with Susan Waltz) Human Rights Quarterly, 36 (2014), 906-915.

All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention, Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press: 2013).

“Decision-makers in the Dock: How International Law, Trials and Human Rights Activism are Shaping the Justice Norm,” New Global Studies, 63: 3 (2012).

Human Rights: From Practice to Policy, co-edited with Susan Waltz, the Scholarly Publishing Service, University of Michigan, 2011.

“The Impact of Human Rights Trials in Latin America” Journal of Peace Research, 44:4, (July 2007) pp. 427-445 (co-authored with Kathryn Sikkink). Translated into Spanish as: “La Cascada de Justicia y el Impacto de los Juicios de Derechos Humanos en América Latina,”  Cuadernos del CLAEH: Revista Uruguaya de Ciencias Sociales, 2 serie, Año 31, No. 96-97 (2008): 15-40.  Translated into Portuguese as “O Impacto dos Processos Judiciais de Direitos Humanos na América Latina,” in Rossana Rocha Reis (Organizadora).  Política de Direitos Humanos (São Paulo: Editora Hucitec, 2010), 94-124.

“Global Trends in Transitional Justice, and Transitional Justice in Argentina,” in Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Javier Mariezcurrena (eds.) Transitional Justice in the 21st Century: Beyond Truth and Justice (Cambridge University Press, September 2006) with Kathryn Sikkink.

“Ethnic Cleansing,” in Ken Booth (ed.), The Kosovo Tragedy: Human Rights Dimensions (Essex: Frank Cass Publishers, 2001), 47-66.

“The History and Politics of Ethnic Cleansing,” International Journal of Human Rights, 4:3/4 (Autumn/Winter 2000)  47-66.

“Intervention, Emancipation and Kosovo,” Civil Wars, 2:3 (Autumn 1999), 65-88.


Media Coverage

Guest Editorial, “Russia Threat still Clouds U.S. Horizon,” Detroit Free Press, 28 March 2017.

Guest Editorial, “Human Trafficking is Happening in Our Communities – Help Eradicate it,” Flint Journal 31 January, 2015.

Guest Editorial, “Time to Get Serious About Syria,” Flint Journal February 8, 2014. Reprinted in “As Syria Talks Resume, Skepticism Grows: Opinionline,” USA Today, February 12, 2014,

Guest Editorial, “Finding the Right Reasons to Take Action in Syria” Detroit Free Press 9 September, 2013.

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