Politics and International Relations

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Rebecca Evans

Becky Evans got her BA from Purdue University with majors in German and Political Science. She spent a year in Cologne, Germany as a Fulbright fellow where she did research on the Greens, an environmental political party. She returned to Purdue where she completed her MA in Political Science and then went to Harvard University for her PhD. At Harvard, she turned to the study of Latin American politics, focusing on organized labor and the breakdown of democracy in Argentina and Chile. Her current research focuses on human rights policy and women and political leadership in Latin America. She is also working on two projects related to political science education: an article on feminism and zombies and a supplement for a leading IR textbook with active learning exercises and simulations for the classroom.


Politics and International Relations


  • B.A., M.A., Purdue University
  • Ph.D., Harvard University


  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Theories of International Relations
  • European Politics
  • Political Development
  • Global Health
  • War and Peace

Research Interests

  • Gender and Politics
  • Human Rights
  • Latin American Politics
  • Political Science Education
  • Politics, Literature and Film

Recent Work

“Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and Zombies are from… Feminist Theories of International Politics and Zombies” PS: Political Science and Politics Vol. 39, Issue 3 (July 2016)


“Donut Wars: Making the Bargaining Model of War Easier to Digest.” Paper presented at Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA. February 8, 2014.

“Latin America’s Pink Tide: Women and Presidential Leadership in Comparative Perspective.” Paper presented at annual meeting of the International Studies Association Northeast, Philadelphia, PA. November 15, 2013.

“Remembering the Past and Struggling for Justice: The Contested Legacy of Authoritarian Rule in Chile.” Human Rights and Human Welfare, Vol. 11, Annual (2011).

“The Ethics of Torture.” The International Studies Encyclopedia. Ed. Robert A. Denemark. Blackwell Press, 2010.

“South American Southern Cone: National Security State, 1970s-1980s.” Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Vol. IV. Ed. David P. Forsythe. Oxford University Press, 2009.