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Department of Political Science

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358 Commons Center

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Mondays 1:30-3pm at Robert Penn Warren Center; additional hours scheduled throughout the semester and announced in class. EXTRA OFFICE HOURS will generally be held in Commons 358. Drop-ins welcome, but I do love to know you are coming. Please knock to indicate your arrival. I look forward to meeting you. If you need to discuss a matter unrelated to the course material or cannot come in my scheduled office hours, please see me before or after class to make an appointment.


Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University


Political Theory


Human Rights; Global Justice; Feminism; Environment; Methodology

Curriculum Vitae

Brooke A. Ackerly

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies
Principal Investigator, Global Feminisms Collaborative

Professor Ackerly's research interests include democratic theory, feminist methodologies, human rights, social and environmental justice. She integrates into her theoretical work empirical research on activism. Her publications include Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism (Cambridge 2000), Universal Human Rights in a World of Difference (Cambridge 2008), and Doing Feminist Research with Jacqui True (Palgrave Macmillan2010). She is currently working on the intersection of global economic, environmental, and gender justice. She teaches courses on feminist theory, feminist research methods, human rights, contemporary political thought, and gender and the history of political thought. She is the winner of the Graduate Teaching Award and the Margaret Cuninggim Mentoring Prize. She is the founder of the Global Feminisms Collaborative, a group of scholars and activists developing ways to collaborate on applied research for social justice. She advises academics and donors on evaluation, methodology, and the ethics of research. She serves the profession through committees in her professional associations including the American Political Science Association (APSA), International Studies Association (ISA), and the Association for Women's Rights and Development. She has been a member of the editorial board for Politics and Gender (Journal of the APSA, Women and Politics Section) since its founding.



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