Judith Kelley is Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

She is a political scientist and an international relations expert.  Her work focuses on how states, international organizations, and NGOs can promote domestic political reforms within problem states, and how international norms, laws and other governance tools influence state behavior.

Her research has addressed human rights and democracy, international election observation and human trafficking. Kelley’s past work has focused on the International Criminal Court, the European Union and other international organizations. 

Kelley's most recent book, Scorecard Diplomacy: Grading States to Influence their Reputation and Behavior (Cambridge University Press, 2017), assesses how U.S. policy influences human trafficking around the world. 

Her previous book, Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works and Why It Often Fails (Princeton 2012) was one of Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013” and received the Chadwick F. Alger Prize, which is awarded by the International Studies Association to recognize the “best book published in the previous calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism.” 

In 2012, Kelley was inducted into the Bass Society of Fellows at Duke, which recognizes faculty for excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Kelley has also been awarded the Sanford School’s Susan E. Tifft Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award, and she was the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Brownell-Whetten Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

The Smith Richardson Foundation has supported her as a Policy and Strategy Fellow. In 2009-2010 she was a visiting fellow at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. She also was elected chair of the editorial board of International Organization. She serves on several boards, including the Hunt Institute and the Government Accountability Office Board of Academic Advisors, and is a dual citizen of the United States and Denmark.



Education: MPP and PhD in public policy, Harvard University

Family:  Married, two children

Hometown: Grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark

Fun fact: Dean Kelley traveled internationally with an acting troupe before going to college

Hobbies: biking, hiking

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