Originally published in Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Lisa S.


Lisa S. Alfredson

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science, Departments of Social Policy/International Relations, 2000
  • BA, McGill University, Departments of English Literature/Women’sStudies (Honors), 1993

Teaching and Research Areas

  • Human rights politics and theory, transnational advocacy and non-state actors in world politics, globalization and international development, gender violence, refugees, children in armed conflict.

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Alfredson, Lisa. “Making human rights universals from the ground up.” In Tirado Chase, Anthony (ed). Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa.  London: Routledge. 2017. 
  • Alfredson, Lisa.  “Gender, Violence and Human Security,” Review of Books,  American Journal of Sociology.  Vol. 120 No. 4. January 2015.
  • Creating Human Rights: How Non-Citizens Made Sex Persecution Matter to the World. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • 2009 “Outstanding Academic Title Award” in Political Science/ Comparative Politics, for Creating Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press 2008). Association for College and Research Libraries, Choice Review.
  • Research Consultant, International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers (International Secretariat-Amnesty International, London UK), 2001-2003.


  • Politics and Practice of Global Human Rights
  • NGO Advocacy in International Politics
  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Scope and Method in Global Studies
  • Human Security
  • Sex and Human Security

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

  • Associate Director of Global Studies, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2003-2008.


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