Assistant Professor Geoffrey Dancy



Geoffrey Dancy

Assistant Professor

Office Hours : T 12:30-1:30 & W 12-12, 309 Norman Mayer

Contact Information : 862-8309,

Curriculum Vitae


Geoffrey is a contributor to the Transitional Justice Research Collaborative


Courses Taught

Introduction to International Relations  (Fall 2013-Fall 2015)

International Human Rights (Fall 2013-Fall 2015)

Scope and Methods (Spring 2014)

The Future of Human Rights (Summer 2014)

Human Rights at Home – Service Learning (Fall 2014)

International Relations and Political Theory Grad Seminar (Fall 2014)

The Institutionalization of Rights Grad Seminar (Spring 2015)

Articles and Chapters

“Behind Bars and Bargains: How Justice Policies Change Human Rights Practices in New Democracies" (with Bridget Marchesi, Tricia Olsen, Leigh A. Payne, Andrew Reiter, and Kathryn Sikkink). Revise and Resubmit, International Organization.

“The Transitional Justice Research Collaborative: Bridging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide With New Data." (with Francesca Lessa, Bridget Marchesi, Leigh A. Payne, Gabriel Pereira, and Kathryn Sikkink). Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Peace Research.

“Human Rights Data, Processes, and Outcomes: How Recent Research Points to a Better Future," (with Kathryn Sikkink) Forthcoming in Human Rights Futures, eds. Stephen Hopgood, Jack Snyder, and Leslie Vinjamuri. New York: Columbia University Press.

Timing, Sequencing, and Transitional Justice Impact: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Latin America” (with Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm). Forthcoming, Human Rights Review.

“Human Rights Pragmatism: Belief, Inquiry, and Action.” Forthcoming, European Journal of International Relations.

Human Rights Enforcement from Below: Private Actors and Prosecutorial Momentum in Latin America and Europe" (with Veronica Michel). Forthcoming, International Studies Quarterly.

``Bridge to Development or Vehicle of Inequality? Transitional Justice and Economic Structures" (with Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm). International Journal of Transitional Justice 9(1): 51-69 (2015).    

Treaty Ratification and Human Rights Prosecutions: Toward a Transnational Theory" (with Kathryn Sikkink). NYU Journal of International Law and Politics 44(3): 754-777 (2012).

Choice and Consequence in Strategies of Transitional Justice." in The Handbook of the Political Economy of War, eds. Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Mathers. Chaltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd., 397-431 (2011).

Impact Assessment, Not Evaluation: Defining a Limited Role for Positivism in the Study of Transitional Justice.” International Journal of Transitional Justice 4(3): 355-376 (2010).


  • Reprinted in Transitional Justice: The Library of Essays on Justice - Second Series, ed. Christine Bell. London: Ashgate, 2015

  • Transitional Justice: Critical Concepts, eds. Louise Mallinder and Kieran McEvoy, Boulder, CO: Routledge, 2016.

The Turn to Truth: Trends in Truth Commission Experimentation” (with Hunjoon Kim and Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm). Journal of Human Rights 9(1): 45-64 (2010).

Working Papers

``Unintended Positive Complementarity: How ICC Investigations Increase Domestic Human Rights Prosecutions" (with Florencia Montal). Under review.

Rescuing Human Rights Law from Legalism and its Critics'' (with Christopher J. Fariss). Under review.

“The Impact of Criminal Prosecutions During Civil War” (with Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm). Under Review

Are Devil Deals Necessary? Conflict Amnesties, Human Rights, and Civil War Recurrence.''  



``The ICC's Deterrent Impact: What the Evidence Shows'' (with Bridget Marchesi, Florencia Montal, and Kathryn Sikkink). February 3, 2015.

Selections from Unintended Positive Complementarity: Why ICC Investigations Increase Domestic Human Rights Prosecutions” (with Florencia Montal). December 10, 2014.

Is all of this focus on transitional justice really worth it?” June 23, 2014.

The ‘no grassroots’ critique of human rights: fair or misleading?” August 29, 2013.

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