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Kathryn A.Sikkink
Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

Kathryn Sikkink is a Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and a member of the Harvard Kennedy School faculty.

A political scientist working in the area of international relations, particularly human rights issues, Sikkink is the author of The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics (W. W. Norton, 2012), which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. The findings she presents in the book show that holding state officials accountable for human rights violations can in fact contribute to the improvement of human rights. At Radcliffe, Sikkink will work on a book about Latin America and international human rights.

Sikkink earned a BA in international relations from the University of Minnesota and holds an MA and PhD from Columbia University.  She has been a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and a Guggenheim fellow. Sikkink is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society, the American Association for Arts and Sciences, and the Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the editorial board of the International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, and the American Political Science Review.