Rachel A. Cichowski


Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington


Rachel Cichowski (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2002) is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, with a joint appointment in the Law, Societies and Justice program. Her primary research interests include comparative law and politics, international law and organization, and transnational mobilization with an emphasis on the role of courts and social activists in the processes of constitutionalization, democratization and globalization around the world. She is author of a book entitled The European Court and Civil Society (2007, Cambridge University Press) that focuses on the interactions between the European Court of Justice, transnational activists and the expansion of EU governance in the areas of women's rights and environmental protection. Her research is published in edited volumes and in various journals, including Law & Society Review, Comparative Political StudiesJournal of European Public Policy, and Women & Politics.

Cichowski’s teaching interests include comparative and international law and courts, international organization, sex discrimination law in the European Union and women's rights as human rights in international perspective.