Beth Simmons

Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University



Beth Simmons is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She received her PhD. from Harvard University in the Department of Government and has taught international relations, international law, and international political economy at Duke University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard. Her 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. She has worked at the International Monetary Fund with the support of a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship (1995-1996), has spent a year as a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (1996-1997), spent a year in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (2002-2003), and was a Fellow at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice at New York University 2009-2010. Her new book, Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2009) won the 2010 American Society for International Law’s Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship, the American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Award for best book published in government, politics or international relations, and the International social Science Council’s Stein Rokkan Award for a very substantial and original contribution to social science research. Simmons was elected in April 2009 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her current areas of research interest are the development of international rules for the protection and promotion of foreign direct investment, international legal cooperation to address transnational crime, and the diffusion of human rights through international and domestic law and politics.