B.A., International Relations, 2004, Webster University in St. Louis
International and domestic institutional constraints on state repression
International criminal courts and tribunals
Domestic conflict, especially state repression, mobilized dissent, and civil war
Ritter examines the behavior of state authorities attempting to retain power under domestic opposition and the ways that international incentives alter the conﬂict between said authorities and those domestic actors who seek to alter the status quo. She speciﬁcally explores how international and domestic legal institutions such as human rights treaties, international criminal courts and tribunals, and domestic courts can constrain the state from repressing citizens while potential dissidents threaten leaders’ control of power. Her work thus provides insight as to when and how states will cooperate with international institutions, how international institutions impact outcomes through domestic institutions, and the onset and process of domestic conﬂict.
Ritter's work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics.