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Katherine M. Beall

I’m a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. My book project examines the decision by leaders across the global south to delegate authority to enforce human rights to their regional organizations, which I argue they did in order to maintain a voice over enforcement in the face of pressure from former colonial and imperial powers. My broader research focuses on changing norms of human rights, intervention, and regionalism and how weak states use international institutions. I am especially interested in how long-term processes of marginalization and domination and attempts by state actors to resist these processes affect present-day political outcomes.

Prior to coming to Berkeley, I completed a Master’s degree in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. I also spent time at the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Stockholm Policy Group, and the U.S. Embassy in Croatia.