Beth A. Simmons

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Beth Simmons
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Born Beth Ann Simmons
Nationality American
Fields Political Science, international relations
Institutions University of Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Redlands (B.A.)
University of Chicago (M.A.)
Harvard University (M.A.), (Ph.D.)
Doctoral students Zachary Elkins, Kirsten Rodine, Grigore Pop-Eleches, David Rowe
Known for Mobilizing for Human Rights, Who Adjusts?
Influences Robert Keohane

Beth A. Simmons (born 1958) is an American academic and notable international relations scholar. She is a former Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at the Department of Government. Her research interests include international relations, political economy, international law, and international human rights law compliance.

Early life[edit]

Simmons was born in 1958 in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and attended Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California where she excelled in speech, debate, and music. She earned a BA in political science and philosophy with summa cum laude from the University of Redlands, an MA in international relations from the University of Chicago, and an MA and PhD in government from Harvard where she was a student of famed international relations theorist Robert Keohane.


Simmons taught as an assistant professor at Duke University (1991–1996) and as an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1996–2002) before joining Harvard's faculty in 2002.

She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.[1]

Simmons served as President of the International Studies Association from 2011-2012. She was succeeded as President by Etel Solingen of the University of California, Irvine.


  • Simmons, Beth (1994), Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy During the Interwar Years, 1923-1939, Princeton University Press, p. 334, ISBN 978-0691017105 
  • Simmons, Beth (2009), Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0521712323 


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