Beth A. Simmons


Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Dept. of Government


Beth Simmons is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. She received her PhD. from Harvard University in the Department of Government. She has taught international relations, international law, and international political economy at Duke University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard.  Her current areas of research include cooperative approaches to counter transnational crime (human trafficking, money laundering, corruption), the development of international law with respect to foreign direct investments, and the implementation of international human rights standards in domestic law.

Her recent work on women and international institutions includes, Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy During the Interwar Years, 1924-1939, recognized by the American Political Science Association in 1995 as the best book published in 1994 in government, politics, or international relations. And her recent book entitled Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics was published in 2009 from Cambridge University Press.  It received the APSA’s Woodrow Wilson Award, the International Social Science Council’s Stein Rokkan Prize, the American Society for International Law’s Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship, and the International Studies Association’s Best Book Award.