Bronwyn Anne Leebaw


Associate Professor

2213 Watkins Hall
(951) 827-7379

Bronwyn Leebaw is Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Riverside, where she teaches courses in human rights, transitional justice, political theory, international politics and ethics, and environmental justice. Leebaw received a PhD in Political Science from UC Berkeley. She is on the steering committees of the Peace and Conflict Studies Minor and the Global Studies Major at UC Riverside. She has served as a review editor for the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Theory. She currently serves on the editorial board of Humanity: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights and as co-organizer of the UC Humanities Research Institute- funded UC Human Rights Collaboration. For the 2014-2015 year, she will be a fellow with the American Council of Learned Societies.

Leebaw has published articles on human rights, humanitarianism, and transitional justice in journals such as Perspectives on Politics, Human Rights Quarterly, Polity, Humanity, and Journal of Human Rights. Her first book, Judging State-Sponsored Violence, Imagining Political Change (Cambridge, 2011), won the 2012 award for best book on ethics and international politics, given by the International Ethics Section of the International Studies Association. She is currently working on two new projects. One project, A Trace of Hope: Human Rights and the Memory of Resistance, critically examines how human rights and transitional justice practices have conceptualized, documented, judged, and avoided various forms of resistance to the abuses that they confront. A second project, entitled, Scorched Earth: Environmental Justice and the Legacies of War, traces efforts to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate wartime environmental devastation from just war theory through the contemporary environmental justice movement, with attention to the way in which claims about the meaning and legitimate destruction of nature have been informed by changing ways of defining “humaneness” and vice versa.

Selected Publications:

  • Scorched Earth: Environmental War Crimes and International Justice.” Perspectives in Politics 12.4 (2014): 770-88.
  • “Justice, Charity, or Alibi? Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Humanity’s Law,” Humanity 5.2 (2014).
  • “Lost, Forgotten, or Buried? Transitional Justice and the Memory of Resistance” Politica e Societa 2 (2013): 237-264.
  • “The Irreconcilable Goals of Transitional Justice.” Human Rights Quarterly 30, no. 1 (2008): 95-118
  • Judging State-Sponsored Violence, Imagining Political Change. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Winner of award for best book on the theme of international ethics, International Ethics Section of the International Studies Association
  • “The Politics of Judging the Past: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” in Historical Justice in International Perspective ed. Bernd Schaefer and Manfred Berg. Forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.
  • The Politics of Impartiality: Human Rights and Humanitarianism,” Perspectives on Politics 5.2 (2007): 223-238.
  • “Human Rights Investigation and Dialogue.” Human Rights& Human Welfare 5 (2005): 71-88.
  • “Public Education and Social Reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.” With Sara Freedman, Dinka Corkalo, Naomi Levy, Dino Abazovic, Dean Ajdukovic, Dino Djipa, and Harvey Weinstein, in My Neighbor, My Enemy: Justice and Community in the Aftermath of Ethnic Cleansing. Cambridge University Press, 2005: 226-247.
  • “Legitimation or Judgment? South Africa’s Restorative Approach to Transitional Justice,” Polity 34.1 (2003): 23-51.
  • “Restorative Justice for Political Transitions: Lessons from the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” Contemporary Justice Review 4 (2001): 267-289
  • “R. Teitel. Transitional Justice.” (Review) The American Journal of Comparative Law. Vol. XLIX, no. 2 (Spring, 2001).
  • Difference and Inequality in Developing Societies, with Leslie Armijo, Marc Blecher, Valerie Bunce, Kiren Chaudhry, John Echeverri-Gent, John Harbeson, Evelyne Huber, Bronwyn Leebaw, Susanne Rudolph, Aseema Sinha, Robert Vitalis, and Susan Woodward. Forthcoming. A Report of the American Political Science Association (APSA).