Rachel Cichowski

Current Position: Cichowski is an Associate Professor in the Law, Societies and Justice program and the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington and currently is Associate Chair of the Department of Political Science.  She is Adjunct Faculty in the School of Law, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and a member of the European Studies Faculty at UW.

Visiting Positions:  Her visiting research positions include Visiting Scholar at the Laboratory on International Law & Regulation, School of Global Policy & Strategy, UCSD (2015-16); Program Director and Visiting Professor at the UW Rome Center, Rome, Italy (2003, 2005); Visiting Fellow Max Planck Institute, Bonn, Germany (2000); and Visiting Research Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (1998-99).

Research Interests: Her primary research interests include international law and organization, transnational legal mobilization, comparative constitutionalism, and transnational activism and social movements.  She specializes in large n data collection and qualitative approaches to law and social science research methods and design.  Cichowski’s area expertise includes human rights, global women’s rights, environmental protection and climate change, and European law and politics.  Her current project, Legal Mobilization and International Justicefunded by the National Science Foundation (SES 1322161), is an unparalleled historical analysis of European Court of Human Rights judgments examining the roles of interest and advocacy organizations in the development and protection of human rights over a sixty year period.Her books include The European Court and Civil Society (Cambridge University Press, winner of the APSA Best Book Award, European Politics & Society Section) and Law, Politics and Society (co-editor, Oxford University Press).  She has edited and her research appears in various edited volumes and journals including Law & Society Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Public Policy and Women & Politics.

Teaching Interests: Cichowski teaches undergraduate, PhD and JD students and her courses include comparative law and politics, global women’s rights, international justice and international law & organization.