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Rachel A. Cichowski
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Law, Societies and Justice Program
Box 353530 University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195
FAX: 206.685.2146


(On sabbatical leave 2015-16: Visiting Scholar, Laboratory on Int’l Law & Regulation, School of Global Policy & Strategy, UCSD) 

(PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2002) Cichowski is Associate Professor in the Law, Societies and Justice program with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and adjunct faculty in the School of Law 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, Women and Sexuality Studies Department at UW. Her visiting research positions include Visiting Scholar at the School of Global Policy & Strategy, UCSD (2015-16), Program Director and Visiting Faculty at the UW Rome Center, Rome, Italy (2003, 2005), Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Bonn, Germany (2000) and Visiting Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (1998-99).

Her primary research interests include international law and courts, legal mobilization, comparative constitutionalism, human rights and inequality, and global policy and development issues.  Her current NSF funded book project, Legal Mobilization and International Justice, examines interest and advocacy group engagement before the European Court of Human Rights and the effects on domestic and international law.  This multi-year project includes an over 18,000 decision database across fifty years and identifies the patterns and effects of strategic action by organizations and groups.  She is also the author of the book, The European Court and Civil Society (Cambridge University Press, 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 law in the areas of sex discrimination and environmental protection. Cichowski co-edited the book Law, Politics and Society (Oxford University Press) and was sole editor to a Special Issue of the journal Comparative Political Studies, entitled Courts, Democracy and Governance 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 graduate level in comparative and international law; international law and organization; women’s human rights; and law in a global age.