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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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Articles and Book Chapters

Local Elected Officials’ Receptivity to Refugee Resettlement in the United States (October 23, 2020); 117(50) PNAS 31722 (December 15, 2020); U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-42 (with Robert Shaffer, Lauren E. Pinson, & Jonathan Chu).

Pandemic Response as Border Politics, 74 INT'L ORG. supplemental issue E.1 (Summer 2020) (with Michael R. Kenwick).

The Proof is in the Process: Self-Reporting Under International Human Rights Treaties, 114 AM. J. INT'L L. 1 (2020) (with Cosette D. Creamer).

Measuring Norms and Normative Contestation: The Case of International Criminal Law, 4 J. GLOBAL SECURITY STUD. 18 (2019 (with Hyeran Jo).

The Dynamic Impact of Periodic Review on Women’s Rights, 81:4 LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS. 31 (2018) (with Cosette Creamer).

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

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).

East Asia, Investment, and International Law: Distinctive or Convergent?, 13 KOREAN J. INT'L STUD. 461 (2015).

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).

Politics by Number: Indicators as Social Pressure in International Relations, 59 AM. J. POL. SCI. 55 (2015) (with Judith Kelley).

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).

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

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

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

Border Orientation in a Globalizing World (February 23, 2021), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 21-10; AM. J. POL. SCI. (forthcoming) (with Michael R. Kenwick). (forthcoming)
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Rulers or Rules? International Law, Elite Cues and Public Opinion (July 25, 2019), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-06; EUR. J. INT'L L. (forthcoming 2020) (with Anton Strezhnev and Matthew D. Kim). (forthcoming)
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Do Self-Reporting Regimes Matter? Evidence From the Convention Against Torture, INT'L STUD. Q. (forthcoming 2019) (with Cosette D. Creamer). (forthcoming)
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Borders Rules, __ INT'L STUD. REV. __ (forthcoming 2019). (forthcoming)
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Introduction: The Power of Global Performance Indicators (January 17, 2019), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 19-06; INT. ORG. (forthcoming 2019). (forthcoming)
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The Power of Ranking: The Ease of Doing Business Indicator and Global Regulatory Behavior, __ INT'L ORG. __ (forthcoming) (with Rush Doshi & Judith G. Kelley). (forthcoming)
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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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