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Beth Simmons is the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. She earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy, summa cum laude, from the University of Redlands, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, where she studied under Robert Keohane. Before joining Harvard’s faculty in 2002, Dr. Simmons taught as an assistant professor at Duke University, then as an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her membership in the NAS, Dr. Simmons is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served as President of the International Studies Association from 2011-2012. Her most recent book, Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics, won the 2010 American Society for International Law’s Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship, the American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Award for best book published in government, politics or international relations, and the International social Science Council’s Stein Rokkan Award for a very substantial and original contribution to social science research.