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Rachel A. Cichowski
Associate Professor
Director, Comparative Law & Society
      Studies (CLASS) Center
Department of Political Science
Law, Societies and Justice Program
Box 353530 University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195
FAX: 206.685.2146


(PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2002) Cichowski is Director of the Comparative Law & Society Studies Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science with a joint appointment in the Law, Societies and Justice program at the University of Washington. She is a member of the European Studies Faculty in the Jackson School of International Studies and adjunct Faculty in the Gender Studies Department at UW. Her visiting research positions include Visiting Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy(1998-99), Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Bonn, Germany(2000) and Program Director and Visiting Faculty at the UW Rome Center, Rome, Italy (2003, 2005).

Her primary research interests include international law and courts, comparative judicial politics and constitutionalism, international human rights, international organization, legal mobilization and global policy and development issues.  She is the author of the book, The European Court and Civil Society (Cambridge University Press, 2007, winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2008 Best Book Award, European Politics & Society Section) that focuses on the interactions between the European Court of Justice, transnational activists and the expansion of EU policy in the areas of labor law and environmental protection. Cichowski co-edited the book Law, Politics and Society: State of the EU (Oxford University Press, 2003) and was sole editor to a Special Issue of the journal Comparative Political Studies, entitled Courts, Democracy and Governance(2006).  Her research is published in edited volumes and in various journals, including Law & Society Review, Comparative Political StudiesJournal of European Public Policy, and Women & Politics.

Cichowski teaches classes at both the undergraduate and PhD level in comparative and international law and politics; international law and organization; and global human rights and policy.