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Political Science Department

College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Steve C. Ropp

Distinguished Emeritus Professor · International Relations, Latin America

Ph.D. - University of California, Riverside ·  

Research Interests

Stephen C. Ropp is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Wyoming who specializes in international relations and comparative politics. From 2010 to 2013, he was an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia.

Professor Ropp’s research interests include several topics. The first is the role that international norms and norm diffusion processes play in furthering the global human rights agenda. Together with Thomas Risse and Kathryn Sikkink, he has co-edited two related books: The Power of Human Rights: International Norms and Domestic Change (Cambridge 1999), and The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance (Cambridge 2013).

A second long-standing interest of his has been in the rise of populism in Europe and South America and the various challenges it presents to existing human rights norms and democratic practices. He has a similar long-standing interest in Panamanian politics and has been a regular contributor to the Panamanian historical memory project called Raices.

Some of Professor Ropp’s past activities include service as an expert witness for both the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as participation as a Fulbright Scholar in several countries. He has also been a Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European Institute (Florence, Italy), a Research Professor of National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute (Carlisle, PA) and Honorary Research Fellow at UQ.

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