Brooke Ackerly studies political theory and integrates her theoretical work with empirical research on activism. Her publications include Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism (Cambridge, 2000), Universal Human Rights in a World of Difference (Cambridge, 2008), and Doing Feminist Research (co-authored with Jacqui True (Palgrave Macmillan2010). She is currently working on the intersection of global economic, environmental, and gender justice. She teaches courses on feminist theory, feminist research methods, human rights, contemporary political thought, and gender and the history of political thought. She is the winner of Vanderbilt University’s Graduate Teaching Award and the Margaret Cuninggim Mentoring Prize. Professor Ackerly is the founder and principal investigator of the Global Feminisms Collaborative, a group of scholars and activists developing ways to collaborate on applied research for social justice. She advises academics and donors on evaluation, methodology, and the ethics of research. She serves the profession through committees in her professional associations including the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association and the Association for Women's Rights and Development. She has been a member of the editorial board for Politics and Gender, the journal of the APSA’s Women and Politics Section, since its founding.
Democratic theory, feminist methodologies, human rights, social and environment justice