Emily Hencken Ritter

Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D., Political Science, 2010, Emory University
  • M.A., Political Science, 2009, Emory University
  • B.A., International Relations, 2004, Webster University in St. Louis
Research Interests: 
  • 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.

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