Audrey L. Comstock

Audrey L. Comstock

Carr Center Fellow
Audrey L.  Comstock

Audrey L. Comstock is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Associate Director of the Global Human Rights Hub at Arizona State University.  She received her PhD and MA in Government from Cornell University and BA in Political Science from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Her research centers on how states engage with international law and diplomacy around human rights within the United Nations. She uses quantitative and qualitative methods to study how states negotiate international human rights law, the role of non-binding commitment, and how sexual exploitation and abuse is punished within UN peacekeeping missions.  Her recent book Committed to Rights:  UN Human Rights Treaties and Legal Paths for Commitment and Compliance was published by Cambridge University Press in 2021.  Other research has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Legislative Studies, Human Rights Review, in the Research Handbook on Law and Courts and has been funded by the National Science Foundation. 

During her fellowship time at the Carr Center, she will be working on her next book project which examines accountability and punishment mechanisms for UN peacekeepers accused of sexually exploiting and abusing civilians as well as projects on international human rights law and COVID-19.