© 2019 by Kelebogile Zvobgo.

APSA 2017 Recap: Presidential Address, Opening Reception & Keynote

September 2017

Feature in PSNow: Political Science Now

Read feature here.

APSA Undergraduate Research Highlights

April 2017

Feature on the SPEC Lab

Read feature here.

Invited Talk: "From Victims to Peace Builders"

April 2017

Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Find event details here.

24 Trojans, the most ever, win National Science Foundation research fellowships

March 2017

Received top billing

Read article here.

Summer institute helps first-generation and minority students apply for PhD programs

June 2016

Feature on POIR diversity initiative

Read article here.

Winner of the 2018 ISA-West Best Faculty Paper Award

January 2018 

On January 31, the International Studies Association-West announced that my colleague, Benjamin Graham and I won the Best Faculty Paper Award for "The World Bank as an Enforcer of Human Rights," presented at the 2017 conference.

 

Read paper here.

Geographical Spread of Inspection Panel 

and CAO Cases 

2018 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Closing Meeting

February 2018

Shared key insights from the Disciplinary Curriculum and Assessment track at the final meeting of the 2018 APSA Teaching & Learning Conference. I also presented a paper during the weekend on pedagogical innovations in the SPEC Lab.

Guest Lecture: "Justice in the Aftermath of Repression"

February 2018

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Lecture for the Georgetown Government Department's seminar on race, rights, and reparations. Juxtaposed experiences of transitional justice in South Africa and my native Zimbabwe.

USC Graduate School Fellowship Boot Camp Profile:

Kelly Zvobgo

August 2016

 

Feature on my research and advice for external fellowship applicants

Read here.

Guest Lecture: "'Mighty Be Our Powers': Women’s Peacebuilding in Liberia"

April 2017

Pomona College, Claremont, CA

2018 USC Graduate Research Symposium Best Paper Award Winner

February 2018

For the Best Paper in the Social Sciences, "Exceptionalism and Exemptionalism: Framing US Public Opinion on the International Criminal Court".

Read paper here.

Invited Talk: "The World Bank as an Enforcer of Human Rights"

February 2018

Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Find event details here.

Invited Talk: "Reserving Rights: Examining Human Rights Treaty Reservations"

July 2018

College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Read paper here.

Invited Speaker: "Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Conference"

July 2018

Taught first-generation and high school students of color from across Virginia about transitional justice in South Africa and lessons for the US. Spoke alongside local and state politicians of color on issues of truth and justice for our communities. More event details available here.

Third-Annual POIR Predoctoral Institute for First-Generation and Diverse Scholars

July 2018

Helped advise 35 first-generation and diverse BA and MA students from across California on pursuing a Ph.D., writing applications, building research skills, securing mentors, and navigating the Ivory Tower as a member of an underrepresented group. For more information on the Institute, click here

USC Graduate School Social Sciences Ph.D. Student Spotlight

August 2018

Spotlighted in the University of Southern California's new promotional video for graduate studies. Video also features four of my undergraduate research assistants and SPEC Lab PI, Benjamin Graham. View here.

Commentary: "The Uncertain Future for Transitional Justice in Zimbabwe"

November 2017

Commentary for Africa is a Country Politics Section.

 

Chief among the political obstacles to transitional justice in Zimbabwe is the president's own role in the 1980s violence. Read commentary piece here.

Commentary: "Why Governance Will Go from Bad to Worse in Zimbabwe"

August 2018

Commentary for Africa is a Country Politics Section

**Highlighted in The New York Times The Interpreter newsletter

Events around the recent election in Zimbabwe are evidence that transitional justice is needed before true political reform can take place. Read commentary piece here.

Reflection: "Eddison Zvobgo and the Struggle for Zimbabwe"

August 2018

 

Reflection for Africa is a Country Politics Section

Eddison Zvobgo was both implicated in and a critic of Mugabe's rule. He paid for it. His niece remembers him. Read reflection piece here.

USC 27th Annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching

November 2017

Recipient of a USC Award for Excellence in Teaching

Nominated for the University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

 

Read more here.

International Studies Association West Region 2018 Best Faculty Paper Award

September 2018

 

Received the 2018 Best Faculty Paper Award from the International Studies Association-West on behalf of myself and my colleague, Benjamin Graham for "The World Bank as an Enforcer of Human Rights." Read it here.

Workshop: "Building Undergraduate Research Labs in the Social Sciences"

October 2018

 

Co-organized a workshop at the USC Center for Excellence in Research with my colleagues, Megan Becker and Benjamin Graham. Workshop presenters included Michael Findley from UT-Austin and Michael Tierney from William & Mary. Pictured is our featured student panel.

Invited Workshop: "Journeys in World Politics"

October 2018

 

Organized by Dr. Sara Mitchell and Dr. Kelly Kadera at the University of Iowa, the 12th Journeys workshop brought together junior and senior women scholars in International Relations for research presentations, sessions on career and gender topics, and oral autobiographies by senior scholars.

More information available here.

UC Santa Barbara 2018 Human Rights Roundtable

November 2018

 

Convened by the Mellichamp Chair, Dr. Alison Brysk, and the Orfalea Research Hub in Global Governance and Human Rights, this roundtable tracked  emerging frontiers in human rights scholarship, including struggles over institutions for accountability, new frameworks such as water rights, the role of advocacy, and global migration. 

USC Special Guest Workshop, feat. Beth Simmons

February 2019

 

Facilitated a workshop with special guest, Dr. Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Law, Political Science and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Hosted by the USC Center for International Studies, participants helped to workshop Simmons' new project on border orientation in a globalizing world.

Analysis: "Human rights workers are getting killed in Colombia. Here’s what could help save the peace."

February 2019

 

Analysis for The Washington Post, with Shauna N. Gillooly

 

Our research shows that these things encourage former combatants to testify in truth and reconciliation hearings. Read article here.

Invited Panel: "Research Ethics in Political Science"

February 2019

 

Organized by William & Mary's Social Science Research Methods Center (SSRMC), the panel – featuring Dr. Paula Pickering, Dr. Phil Roessler, and me – engaged the ethics of conducting political science research, in particular where subjects are recovering from repression and conflict. 

International Studies Association 2019 Best Human Rights Paper Award

March 2019

 

Received the 2019 Best Paper Award from the International Studies Association's Human Rights Section on behalf of myself and my colleague, Benjamin Graham for "The World Bank as an Enforcer of Human Rights." Read it here.

Invited Talk: "The World Bank as an Enforcer of Human Rights"

April 2019

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Read paper here.

Analysis: "The Trump administration opposes the International Criminal Court. Do Americans agree?"

April 2019

 

Analysis for The Washington Post

 

In short, it's complicated. Read article here.

Analysis: "Maryland has created a truth commission on lynchings – can it deliver?"

June 2019

 

Analysis for The Conversation

 

Read article here. Reprinted in the Chicago TribuneHouston ChronicleSan Francisco ChronicleBlavityThe Grio and more

American Political Science Association 2019 Best Human Rights Paper Award

August 2019

 

Received the 2019 Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association's Human Rights Section on behalf of myself and my coauthor, Wayne Sandholtz for "Reserving Rights: Explaining Human Rights Treaty Reservations." Read it here.