Rachel Cichowski (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2002) is an 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 adjunct faculty at UW in the School of Law, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and a member of the European Studies Faculty in the Jackson School of International Studies. 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. A current project that is funded by a National Science Foundation grant (SES #1322161) is entitled International Courts, Advocacy Groups and Human Rights Governance. Her books include, 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) and co-edited Law, Politics and Society (Oxford University Press, 2003). She also edited 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 Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, and Women & Politics. Cichowski teaches classes at both the undergraduate and PhD level in comparative and international law and politics; human rights; international organization; and global women’s human rights and policy.