Author Archives: Bethany Barratt

About Bethany Barratt

Dr. Barratt earned her PhD from the University of California in 2002, and her BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. She is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which joins forces with community partners in Chicago and cities abroad to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings. Professor Barratt has conducted archival and field research in Yellowstone National Park, Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. She is author or editor of several books including “Human Rights and Foreign Aid” (Routledge, 2007), "The Politics of Harry Potter" (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and coeditor o "Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq" (Potomac, 2012). She has also authored articles on environmental politics and justice, conservation policy, human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism, in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes from Ashgate and Lexington Books. Besides her teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, she has also taught in a number of jails and prisons. She is an officer or member of several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.

A Supreme Finish

Our final officially scheduled class event was an afternoon here, @the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Established only 9 years ago (previously many of its functions were performed by the Law Lords), the Supreme Court has been the site … Continue reading

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Immigrant London: A Place of Faith

Thursday we began the day at one of the old gates (literally, Aldgate) into the City of London, the square mile that has had semi-autonomous status for longer than anyone can remember, literally. This is also been for time immemorial … Continue reading

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So Many Discoveries!

There really are not words enough to thank University of Nottingham‘s Pro-Vice Chancellor Todd Landman, Head of Business and Local Partnerships, Faculty of Financial & Business Services Liz Lesquereux and her crack team, Associate Professor of Political Science Mark Stuart, and … Continue reading

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Bursting the London Bubble: A Day in Nottingham

One of the most important things to understanding Brexit is to spend some time in the places where people voted most heavily for it – and that means NOT London. One of the most interesting places to examine on this … Continue reading

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The Mother of Parliaments

What an incredibly unique opportunity to go from a parliamentary campaign to the “Mother of Parliaments”, the Palace of Westminster, in one short tube ride! We took advantage of the opportunity to see things behind the scenes that would not … Continue reading

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Remain Labour!

Huuuuuge thanks to my dear friend Kim Dewdney for connecting us with the Labour Party of Tooting (South London) who took us into their war offices at the height of the General Election! We met their staff, and learned -how … Continue reading

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An Epic Day in Brexit-Era London, Part 2

After grabbing a quick bite at Methodist Central Hall, we headed to Europe House to meet the European Commission’s Education team in the UK: the indomitable Sam Evans and new staffer Jav! Anyone who could break through the jet-lag and … Continue reading

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An Epic Day in Brexit-Era London

I’m still not sure how these fantastic students managed to fit in so much today! We started the day with the inimitable and ever so knowledgeable Kim Dewdney , whose command of Brexit and electoral politics is second to none – … Continue reading

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London Calling!

Last week 60% of my epic 2017 US/UK populism class that went to London came to visit my 2019 class, to share insignts and recommendations about their time in the UK. Such a wonderful convo, covering everything from the lofty … Continue reading

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Birding in Wonderland

It was a huge honor to be invited to give this final talk in the centennial year series for the Evanston North Shore Bird Club – ENSBC! Since I was probably the least experienced birder in the room, it was a … Continue reading

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