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Ann Marie Clark

Promoted to Professor

Department of Political Science

Ann Marie Clark received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, a master’s from the University of Essex, United Kingdom and a bachelor’s from Earlham College. She joined the Purdue faculty in 1995.

Clark is a highly cited, international authority on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and their strategies in shaping international norms, laws, and practices in human rights.

Her research addresses how legal and social standards motivate individual actors and shape the world of international politics. As a result of Clark’s research interests and her interest in data preservation and analysis, she initiated a collaboration with Purdue Libraries and Amnesty International to digitize, code, and analyze thousands of Amnesty International human rights appeals.

Clark helped to establish the College of Liberal Arts Human Rights Program and the associated undergraduate Human Rights Minor and graduate Human Rights Concentration. She also serves as a co-director.

Clark was named a 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Scholar and was appointed Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Ottawa in the fall of 2021.