About Beth Simmons


Beth Simmons is Andrea Mitchell University Professor in law and political science at the University of Pennsylvania.  She was previously the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She has taught at Duke University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard.

Simmons’s book, Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy During the Interwar Years, 1924-1939, was recognized by the American Political Science Association in 1995 as the best book published in 1994 in government, politics, or international relations, as was her recent book, Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics (2009). The latter also won best book awards from the American Society for International Law, the International Social Science Council and the International Studies Association.

Simmons was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, was recently a Fellow at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice at New York University, and is the current President of the International Studies Association.  Her current areas of research interest are foreign direct investment law and international legal cooperation to address transnational crime.

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