Political Science and International Studies
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Courtney Burns

Courtney Burns
Assistant Professor

Courtney received her PhD in Political Science at the University of Missouri in 2015. She completed her B.S. in Political Science and M.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Wyoming in 2007 and 2009. Her research primarily looks at the domestic and foreign policies of women chief executives. Other research by Dr. Burns looks at the effects of conflict on women’s representation. Broadly her interests are within the field of gender and International Relations; however, she also studies international conflict, civil-military relations, and human rights. She has presented at several conferences including the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, International Studies Association, and Journeys in World Politics.

Teaching Interests:   International Relations, Gender and Politics, Human Rights, Interstate Conflict, Civil-Military Relations, Gender and International Relations

Current Research:

Burns, Courtney, and Kyle Kattelman. 2017. “Women Chief Executives and Terrorism: The Political Catch-22 of Counterterrorism.” Journal of Terrorism Research 8 (2): 22-43

Burns, Courtney and Amanda Murdie. Forthcoming. “Female Chief Executives and State Human Rights Practices: Self-Fulfilling the Political Double Bind.” Journal of Human Rights

“Women Taking it to the Extreme: The Political Double Bind and Women Foreign Policy Leaders,” (with Jeremy Bowling). Invited to revise and resubmit

“Women in Parliament and Infant and Child Mortality,” (with Nisha Bellinger). Currently under review



Last updated: 8/6/2018

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