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Ann Marie Clark

Ann Marie Clark

Professor // Political Science

Research focus:
Human Rights, NGOs

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2252


Phone: (765) 494-7437

Ph.D. University of Minnesota
M.A. Essex University (U.K.)
B.A. with honors, Earlham College



International Relations
Human Security and Political Violence
International Human Rights



Co-Director, Purdue Human Rights Program


Research Summary

My research interests include: norms and discourse in international relations; international human rights in theory and practice; the influence of non­-governmental organizations on state behavior; global justice; how changing ideas about justice take hold in global politics. I am also interested in questions related to documentation of the records of global human rights activism, and questions related to data preservation and use.


Special Project

“Human Rights Texts for Digital Research: Archiving and Analyzing Amnesty International’s Historic 'Urgent Action' Bulletins at Purdue University.” Initial funding provided by an Enhancing Research in the Humanities and the Arts Grant, Office of the Vice President for Research, Purdue University.  Award no. 206400.


Professional Leadership

Ann Marie Clark was elected to the execuitive committee of the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) at APSA’s 2023 annual meeting.  The leadership elections for the section are for a progressive, three-year term.  For the next two years (as Vice President-elect in 2023-24, then as Vice President in 2024-25), she will co-chair the APSA program committee for the section.  In 2025-26 she will serve as President of the APSA Human Rights Section.


Internationally Recognized Research

Ann Marie Clark participated in an invited international collaborative research workshop in Berlin in June 2023, sponsored by the Freie Universität Berlin’s “Cluster of Excellence” research center.  The workshop,  on “Contestations of the Liberal Script,” focused on scholarly approaches to the analysis of global human rights.   She presented her research on human rights defenders, drawn from her recent Fulbright Fellowship work, and was chosen to contribute to an edited volume that will be published after a second workshop in Spring 2024..

Selected Publications

Clark, Ann Marie and Bi Zhao (2020). "Who Did What for Whom? Amnesty International’s Urgent Actions as Activist-Generated Data." Journal of Human Rights. Special issue on human rights measurement.  

Clark, Ann Marie. 2018. “What Kind of Justice for Human Rights?” In Human Rights and Justice: Philosophical, Economic, and Historical Perspectives, eds. Melissa Labonte and Kurt Mills (Routledge). pp. 14-32.

Clark, Ann Marie. 2018. "Laws, Talk, and Human Rights: The Impact of Treaty Ratification, UN Criticism, and Democratic Change on Torture." Journal of Human Rights 17 (4): 418-435. doi: 10.1080/14754835.2017.1372734

Clark, Ann Marie and Kathryn Sikkink. 2013. "Information Effects and Human Rights Data: Is the Good News about Increased Human Rights Information Bad News for Human Rights Measures?" Human Rights Quarterly 35 (3): 539-568. 10.1353/hrq.2013.0046

Clark, Ann Marie. 2013. "The Normative Context of Human Rights Criticism: Treaty Ratification and U.N. Mechanisms." In The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance, eds. Thomas Risse, Stephen C. Ropp and Kathryn Sikkink. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.