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Christopher Rudolph Assoc Professor SIS - For Pol Global Sec

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Christopher Rudolph (PhD, UCLA) is a political scientist who specializes in international relations. Much of his research has focused on two areas: 1) immigration, refugee and border policies; and 2) the politics of international humanitarian law.

He is the author of two books, National Security and Immigration (Stanford University Press, 2006), and Power and Principle: The Politics of International Criminal Courts (Cornell University Press, 2017). He also edited the volume, Reconsidering Immigration in an Integrating World, which was published as a special issue of the UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs (1998). His research has been published in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, Security Studies, and International Studies Review, among others.

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 served as Chair of the Global Governance, Politics, and Security (GGPS) program since 2017, and he has twice served as Faculty President at the School of International Service.
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Spring 2023

  • SIS-708 Foundations of Global Security

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

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

Summer 2023

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

Fall 2023

  • SIS-707 History of Global Politics

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

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Rudolph's areas of expertise are international security; international law and politics; the International Criminal Court; immigration, refugee and border policies; migration and security.

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