DR. REBECCA SANDERS
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. I previously completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Toronto and received my M.A. and B.A. from McGill University.
My research agenda lies at the intersection of international law, international human rights, and international security. My recent book, Plausible Legality: Legal Culture and Political Imperative in the Global War on Terror (Oxford University Press, 2018), and related journal articles examine the capacity of international human rights and humanitarian law to constrain controversial state security practices such as torture, indefinite detention, targeted killing, and mass surveillance. Looking forward, I am particularly interested in the consequences of the Trump administration's politics for international legal norms.
In addition to my work on security, I have researched backlash against international women's rights and sexual orientation and gender identity rights at the United Nations and am developing a new project on human rights norm erosion in global politics. I am also participating in a community engaged research initiative with the Cities for CEDAW movement, which aims to promote international human rights law through local politics.
At UC, I serve on numerous committees and co-chair the interdisciplinary Human Rights and Global Studies research groups at the Taft Research Center. I am an elected executive board member of the International Studies Association Human Rights Section.