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Bethany Barratt

Bethany Barratt is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and Director of Social Justice Programming, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation. She comes to the field of human rights via a family history in the diplomatic corps and several years teaching in prisons and jails. She earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and her BA (Political Science and History) from Duke University. Professor Barratt’s publications include her book Human Rights and Foreign Aid: For Love or Money and several journal articles and book chapters. She is interested primarily in issues of social justice, development, and power in comparative perspective, especially in US, UK and commonwealth foreign policies.

Her latest book, on politics in popular fiction, is forthcoming from Palgrave McMillan, and she is intrigued by the political content of popular fiction and cinema.

Professor Barratt has also published on the counterterror/rights nexus (with Christian Erickson) and continues to pursue an active research agenda in that area, as well as in the areas of public opinion and foreign policy; gender, sexuality, and politics..

She is currently experimenting with transformative teaching techniques that incorporate social justice and human rights as pedagogy, rather than simply as a 'component' of other political science courses.



BARRATT, B. 2008. Wizards’ Wars: The Politics of Harry Potter. New York: Palgrave McMillan.Under submission. Public Opinion and the War in Iraq (coeditor with Peter Furia and Richard Sobel).

BARRATT, B.2007. Human Rights and Foreign Aid: For Love or Money? London and
New York: Routledge.


BARRATT, B.Under contract. "Foreign Policy and Human Rights." In International Studies Compendium: Human Rights. Boston: Blackwell Publishing.
BARRATT, B.2007. "King Baudouin." In The Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History, ed. Spencer Tucker and Andrew McCormick Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
BARRATT, B.2007. "Response and Revenge: Terror, Counterterror, and Intolerance" (with Christian Erickson). Public Opinion Pros. March 2007.
BARRATT, B.2006. "Rhetoric and Reputation: Human Rights in Canadian Foreign Policy and Practice." In Handbook of Canadian Foreign Policy, ed. Patrick James, Nelson Michaud, and Marc O’Reilly. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
BARRATT, B.2006. "Cecily Hamilton." In Women and War: A Historical Encyclopedia from Antiquity to the Present . ed. Bernard Cook. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
BARRATT, B.2005."Global Climate Change". In Globalization: Encyclopedia of Trade , Labor and Politics, ed. Ashish Vaidya. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
BARRATT, B.2004. "Aiding or Abetting? Human Rights and British Foreign Aid Decisions." In Understanding Human Rights Violations: New Systematic Studies, ed. Sabine Carey and Steven Poe. London: Ashgate.
BARRATT, B.2004. "Prudence or Panic? Preparedness Exercises, Counterterror Mobilization, and Media Coverage of Dark Winter, TOPOFF 1 and 2" (with Christian Erickson). Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 1:4.
BARRATT, B.2004. "War Casualties, Policy Positions, and the Fate of Legislators" (with Scott Sigmund Gartner and Gary M. Segura). Political Research Quarterly 53:3.

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