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Christopher Rudolph Assoc Professor School of International Service

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SIS - School of International Service
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PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Christopher Rudolph (PhD UCLA) is a political scientist who specializes in international relations. He is the author of National Security and Immigration (Stanford University Press, 2006), and his research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, Security Studies, and International Studies Review, among others. He also edited a special issue of the UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs (1998) entitled Reconsidering Immigration in an Integrating World. His new book, Power and Principle: The Politics of International Criminal Courts (Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2017) examines the political dynamics that shape the rise of international tribunals to deal with violations of international humanitarian law. He has been awarded research fellowships from the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University, the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California, the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UCSD, and the Institute for the Study of World Politics in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to American University, Professor Rudolph taught at Georgetown University, UCLA, and the University of Southern California. Professor Rudolph has twice served as Faculty President at the School of International Service.
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Summer 2021

  • SISU-306 Adv Int'l Studies Research

Fall 2021

  • SIS-707 History of Global Politics

  • SISU-380 Topics in Global & Comp Govern: Migration and Security

  • SISU-419 Senior Capstone: Int'l Studies: Pol of Int'l Humanitarian Law

Spring 2022

  • SIS-712 Adv Topic Glbl Govrn Pol & Sec: Migration and Security

  • SISU-380 Topics in Global & Comp Govern: International Law

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Rudolph's areas of expertise are national security, international political economy, international migration, ethnic conflict, and international law.

Executive Experience

  • Former Editor, UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Research Fellowship, Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University
  • Research Fellowship, Center for International Studies, University of Southern California
  • Research Fellowship, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the World University of California at San Diego
  • Research Fellowship, Institute for Study of World Politics