Associates

Karisa Cloward

Assistant Professor of Political Science, SMU

Carr Collins 201
(214) 768-2300

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Summary

Karisa Cloward received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2010, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research and teaching interests place her at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, with particular attention to non-governmental organizations, international norms and transnational activism, international aid, Sub-Saharan African politics, and gender and politics.

Professor Cloward is currently working on a book project that evaluates the range of ways communities react to international activism by focusing on the harmful traditional practices of female genital mutilation and early marriage among Maasai and Samburu communities in rural Kenya.


Education

  • Ph.D. Political Science, Yale University
  • M.A. Political Science, Yale University
  • B.A. International Relations, University of the Pacific
  • B.A. Economics, University of the Pacific

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • "False Commitments: Local Misrepresentation and the International Norms Against Female Genital Mutilation and Early Marriage." International Organization, forthcoming.
  • "A Change is Gonna Come: Local Compliance with the International Norm Against Female Genital Mutilation." Under review.
  • “Following the Money: ‘Mission Creep’ in Kenyan NGOs.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (April 2013).
  • “A Change is Gonna Come: Local Behavioral Responses to the Transnational Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (April 2012).
  • “Jack of All Trades, Master of None: Pathologies of Grassroots NGOs.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (September 2011).
  • “A Change is Gonna Come: The Transnational Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence and Local Behavioral Responses.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (September 2010).
  • “Actions Speak Louder than Words: Micro-Level Responses to the Transnational Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (September 2009).
  • “Actions Speak Louder than Words: Micro-Level Responses to the Transnational Campaign Against FGM/C.” Presented at the MacMillan Workshop on International Relations, Yale University (March 2009), and at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (April 2009).
  • Moderator, “Neo-Imperialism” in Post-Independence Africa Conference, Yale University (March 2009).
  • “Heeding the International Call? Government Efforts to Protect Women from Harmful Traditional Practices.” Presented at the MacMillan Workshop on International Relations, Yale University (October 2007), and at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association (November 2007).