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Department of Political Science

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358 Commons Center


Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University


Political Theory


Human Rights; Global Justice; Feminism; Environment; Methodology

Curriculum Vitae

Brooke A. Ackerly

Professor of Political Science
Professor of Human and Organizational Development (by courtesy)
Professor of Law (by courtesy)
Professor of Philosophy (by courtesy)              
Affiliated Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Professor Ackerly's research interests include democratic theory, feminist methodologies, human rights, and social and environmental justice. She integrates into her theoretical work empirical research on activism and the experiences of those affected by injustice. 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 Macmillan 2010, second edition forthcoming). Just Responsibility: A Human Rights Theory of Global Justice is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

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 European Consortium on Politics and Gender (ECPG). She has been a member of the editorial board for Politics and Gender (Journal of the APSA, Women and Politics Section) and is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Politics, and Politics, Gender and Identities.

She is coeditor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics (2018-2021).



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