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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

Courtenay Conrad

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at UC Merced

Courtenay Conrad is a member of the IGCC steering committee and a research affiliate in IGCC’s Future of Democracy initiative. Conrad’s research and teaching interests include political violence and human rights, particularly on how repressive agents make decisions in the face of domestic and international institutional constraints. She is also interested in international organizations, with a particular focus on legislative procedure in the United Nations. Her most recent work focuses on the effect of law on police violence in the United States and abroad. Her book, Contentious Compliance: Dissent and Repression Under International Human Rights Law (with Emily Hencken Ritter), was published in 2019 by Oxford University Press.

Conrad’s research has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Peace Research, among others. She received her MS and PhD in political science from Florida State University.

Expertise & Interests

  • Political violence
  • human rights
  • International organizations
  • Comparative political institutions
cconrad2@ucmerced.edu