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Judith Kelley, Kevin D. Gorter Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Senior Associate Dean of Sanford School of Public Policy

Judith Kelley
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Office Location:  240 Sanford Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-7343
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Web Page:   http://fds.duke.edu/db/Sanford/judith.kelley


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2001
M.P.P., Harvard University, 1997
B.A., Stanford University, 1995

International Relations
Comparative Politics
Political Institutions
Research Interests: The effects of external actors on domestic reforms, international institutions, international law, international election monitoring, human trafficking, democratization, US treaty ratification

Kelley's work focuses on how various international actors can promote domestic political reforms in recalcitrant states, and how international norms and law influence state behavior. Substantively, her work addresses human rights and democracy, international election observation, human trafficking, the International Criminal Court, the European Union and other international organizations. Details on her election monitoring project are on the web at Project on International Election Monitoring. Her newest work focuses on the global fight against human trafficking. She currently has a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Trent Foundation for this project. Her work has been published by Princeton University Press, and in journals such as the American Political Science Review, International Organization and the Journal of Common Market Studies. Her most recent book, Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works and Why It Often Fails (Princeton 2012) received the Chadwick F. Alger Prize, which is awarded by the International Studies Association to recognize the "best book published in the previous calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism."

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Judith Kelley and Jon Pevehouse, An Opportunity Cost Theory of Treaty Ratification, International Studies Quarterly (forthcoming)  [abs].
  2. J. Kelley, The Potential for Organizational Membership Rules to Enhance Regional Cooperation?, in Integrating Regions: Asia in Comparative Perspective, edited by Miles Kahler and Andrew MacIntyre (2013), pp. 78-103, Stanford University Press .
  3. J. Kelley, Ethnic Politics in Europe: The Power of Norms and Incentives. 2004 (2006 Paperback version), Princeton University Press [online]  [abs].

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