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Beth Simmons

Andrea Mitchell University Professor in Law, Political Science and Business Ethics

Beth Simmons

Simmons is best known for her research on international political economy during the interwar years, policy diffusion globally, and her work demonstrating the influence that international law has on human rights outcomes around the world. Two of her books, Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy During the Interwar Years (1994) and Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics (2009) won the American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Award for the best book published in the United States on government, politics, or international affairs. Continue reading…


HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, 2nd ed. (with Walter Carlsnaes & Thomas Risse, eds., Sage 2012).
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THE GLOBAL DIFFUSION OF MARKETS AND DEMOCRACY (ed. with Frank Dobbin & Geoffrey Garrett, Cambridge 2008).
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INTERNATIONAL LAW, 6 vols. (ed., Sage 2008).
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Articles and Book Chapters

Assessing the International Criminal Court (with Hyeran Jo and Mitchell Radtke), in THE PERFORMANCE OF INTERNATIONAL COURTS AND TRIBUNALS 193-233 (Andreas Follesdal, Theresa Squatrito, & Geir Ulfstein eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2018).

Human Rights and Human Welfare: Looking for a ‘Dark Side’ to International Human Rights Law (with Anton Strezhnev), in THE FUTURE OF HUMAN RIGHTS 60-87 (Jack Snyder, Leslie Vinjamuri & Stephen Hopgood, eds., Cambridge University Press 2018).

REVIEW OF PLANETARY PROTECTION POLICY DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES (Multi-authored report) (National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Washington DC: The National Academies Press, 2018).
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The Global Diffusion of Law: Transnational Crime and the Case of Human Trafficking, 72 INT'L ORG. 249 (Spring 2018) (with Paulette Lloyd and Brandon Stewart).

Can the International Criminal Court Deter Atrocity?, 70 INT'L ORG. 443 (2016) (with Hyeran Jo).

Frames and Consensus Formation in International Relations: The Case of Trafficking in Persons, 21 EUR. J. INT'L REL. 323 (2015) (with Volha Charnysh & Paulette Lloyd).

Framing for a New Transnational Legal Order: The Case of Human Trafficking, in TRANSNATIONAL LEGAL ORDERS (Terence C. Halliday & Gregory Shaffer eds., Cambridge 2015) (with Paulette Lloyd).

Rewards for Ratification: Payoffs for Participating in the International Human Rights Regime?, 59 INT'L STUD. Q. 197 (2015) (with Rich Nielsen).

Ratification, Reporting and Rights: Quality of Participation in the Convention Against Torture, 37 HUM. RTS. Q. 579 (2015) (with Cosette D. Creamer).

The Future of the Human Rights Movement, 28 ETHICS & INT'L AFFAIRS 183 (2014).

Bargaining over BITs, Arbitrating Awards: The Regime for Protection and Promotion of International Investment, 66 WORLD POL. 12 (2014).

Getting to Rights: Treaty Ratification, Constitutional Convergence, and Human Rights Practice, 54 HARV. INT'L L. J. 1 (2013) (with Zachary Elkins & Tom Ginsburg).

Reflections on Mobilizing for Human Rights, 44 J. INT'L L. & POL. 729 (2012).

Credible Commitments and the International Criminal Court, 64 INT'L ORG. 225 (2010) (with Allison Danner).

Treaty Compliance and Violation, 13 ANN. REV. POL. SCI. 273 (2010).

Civil Rights in International Law: Compliance with Aspects of the "International Bill of Rights," 16 IND. J. GLOBAL LEGAL STUD. 437 (2009).

Competing for Capital: The Diffusion of Bilateral Investment Treaties, 1960-2000, 2008 U. ILL. L. REV. 265 (with Zachary Elkins & Andrew T. Guzman).

Power Plays and Capacity Constraints: The Selection of Defendants in WTO Disputes, 34 J. LEGAL STUD. 557 (2005) (with Andrew T. Guzman).

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Working Papers

The Dynamic Impact of Periodic Review on Women’s Rights, 81:4 LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS. __ (forthcoming 2018) (with Cosette Creamer). (forthcoming 2018)


Harvard University – Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University (2006-16); Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (2006-13); Professor of Government (2002-06);

UC Berkeley – Associate Professor of Political Science (1996–2002)

Council of Foreign Relations Foreign Affairs Fellow, International Monetary Fund, (1995-96)

Duke University – Assistant Professor of Political Science (1991-96)

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