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Rebecca Root

Professor of Political Science and International Studies

Year Joined RCNJ: 2009

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7429
  • Email:
  • Office: A-213
  • Office Hours: TF 11:45-1:45 pm


  • B.A. Eckerd College
  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts

Courses Offered:

  • Intro to International Studies
  • Contemporary Latin America
  • Politics of Developing Nations
  • Comparative Politics
  • First Year Seminar
  • Contemporary International Human Rights
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Conflict Resolution

Teaching Interests:

  • Latin American Politics
  • Human Rights
  • Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Democratization

Research Interests:

  • Transitional Justice
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Latin America
  • Human Rights Trials.

Scholarly Activity:

  • and Sonia Cardenas. Human Rights in Latin America, 2nd ed. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022.
  • “Indigenous Rights in Latin America.” In Gender & Rights, one volume of the five volume series Key Concepts in Indigenous Studies. Routledge Press, 2020.
  • “How Wiarda Got Human Rights Wrong.” Polity. October 2018.
  • “Disappointed Democrats: The New Normal in Latin America.” In Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities. Edited by Patrick Campbell, Thomas Sherlock, and Lukas Berg. New York: Sloan, 2018.
  • Transitional Justice in Peru. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  • “The Fujimori Effect.” Journal of Human Rights. September 2011.
  • “Through the Window of Opportunity: The Transitional Justice Network in Peru.” Human Rights Quarterly. May 2009.
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