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Florida International University
Women’s rights, norm translation, gender equality advocacy around the world, global governance and gender, feminist, constructivist and post-colonial IR theories, gender and armed conflict
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I received my Ph. D. in Political Science from Ruhr University Bochum, Germany in 2005 and have since worked at two institutions of higher education in the US: At SUNY Potsdam (until 2013) and at FIU (since 2014). By now, I am Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, and I am associated faculty at FIU’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.

I am interested in international women’s rights norms and how they are being translated; gender equality advocacy around the world; global governance and gender; feminist, constructivist and post-colonial IR theories; and gender and armed conflict. More recently, I have been thinking about reasonable ways of assessing outcomes of gender equality policies beyond mere numerical measuring. In the future, I plan to investigate the role of translators in international organizations.

Recent Publications

“How Do Norms Travel? Theorizing International Women’s Rights In Transnational Perspective”, International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 56, 2012

Feminist Strategies in International Governance,  co-edited with Elisabeth Prügl and Gülay Caglar, Routledge, 2013

with Debra J. Liebowitz, “Gender Equality Oversimplified: Using CEDAW to Counter the Measurement Obsession”, International Studies Review, Vol. 16, 2014

Translating International Women’s Rights: The CEDAW Convention in Context, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016


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