My current research projects broadly examine international law, cooperation, and human rights. Within this broad frame I focus on 4 more specific areas. 1. Commitment and compliance with international human rights treaties. 2. Treaty design and reservations across issue areas. 3. Peacekeeper abuse of civilians. 4. International LGBT policies, abuses, and international law. Please see below for the current status of some of the projects I am working on.
Research Published or Under Review
Publications Audrey L. Comstock (2016) "Gay Rights and U.S. Foreign Aid: A Look at Nigeria and Uganda," The Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies, and Development: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 2. Part of a special issue on Gender-Based Violence & Oppression.
Revise and Resubmit Decision After Ratification: Do Post-Commitment Treaty Actions Matter for Human Rights? (R&R at Law & Society Review )
Under Review Negotiated Rights: Ratification and Accession of United Nations Human Rights Treaties
Public Writing/ Media "U.S. cities and states want to implement the Paris climate accord goals. It’s not that simple" In the Washington Post's Monkey Cage
Delayed Ratification Revisited: A New Look at Compliance Timing and Signature of Human Rights Treaties (preparing for journal submission - to be presented at the 2017 American Political Science Association Meeting)
Hard Rocks, Soft Law: Exploring the Role of the Kimberley Process on Conflict and Conflict Diamond Trade 2004-2014 (preparing for journal submission, presented at a workshop on natural resources and conflict at the 2016 Peace Science Society meeting)
Dictatorships and Signing Human Rights Law: Mechanisms for Change
Works in Progress
How Customary are the Geneva Conventions? Examining Commitment, Compliance, and Persistent Objectors to the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols
When Peacekeepers Attack: Examining Reports of UN Peacekeeper Abuse and State Responses 2008-2016
Using Sexuality for Signaling in the International Arena: The United States and LGBT Rights (With Scott Barclay)
Can Human Rights Treaty Ratification Improve LGBT Rights?
When do Human Rights Treaty Reservations Matter?
Flexibility, Reservations, and Treaty Design: Does allowing for reservations increase participation and compliance?