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1Name:  Dr. Beth A. Simmons
 Institution:  University of Pennsylvania
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  304. Jurisprudence and Political Science
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1958
Beth Simmons is a leading scholar of international law and institutions. She has done more than any other scholar to demonstrate the impact of treaties on state behavior and has pioneered studying the international diffusion of policies and institutions, combining historical, case-study, and sophisticated statistical analysis. Her first prize-winning book, Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy During the Interwar Years 1923-1939, brilliantly integrated political science with economics in a study of an important period of international political economy; her second prize-winning book, Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics, powerfully demonstrated how international human rights agreements, which lack strong international enforcement, can become effective through mobilization by domestic groups. She has also done extremely important work on the politics and law of international monetary affairs and capital market regulation. Her overall standing in international relations and political science more generally is reflected in the fact that she is the second person to win the Woodrow Wilson Award twice (She is preceded only by Robert Dahl).
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