Leveraging her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Alfredson has worked with numerous international human rights NGOs prior to joining the GSPIA faculty. She teaches graduate courses for programs on international development, international affairs, and global studies, specializing in topics such as human rights, NGO advocacy, gender, and human security. As Kabak Faculty Fellow in Human Rights (2021-2022) her work also supports human rights initiatives at the Global Studies Center (UCIS). Her research unravels the processes and challenges of human rights creation and implementation for vulnerable groups, focusing on issues such as gender violence, refugees, child rights,modern slavery, and LGBTQI rights. Her interdisciplinary approach addresses the convergence of international development, rights, and humanitarian issues that impact human security. She won the Outstanding Academic Title Award for the book Creating Human Rights: How Non-Citizens Made Sex Persecution Matter to the World, which uncovers the impact of advocacy by women refugees. Her work on forced marriageand neglected familial relations in modern slavery was awarded a Ford Institute for Human Security Faculty Research Grant. Other published research has focused on displacement, child soldiers and human security, as well as comparative social policy. Her recent and current research projects include articles and a book monograph on topics such as “Making Human Rights ‘Universals’ From the Ground Up?,” “The Gendered Manipulation of Children’s Human Rights,” “Child Soldiers as Contemporary Slaves”, and Customary Slavery in the Era of Human Rights. She has served as Chair of the Law and Public Policy section of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) for more than 6 years, supporting national research networks and conference panels on gender, law, and advocacy.
Teaching and Research Areas
Alfredson’s research is focused on these key areas:
- Human rights
- Gender violence
- Children in armed conflict
- Advocacy in international politics
Select Publications and Funded Research
- “Making human rights universals from the ground up.” In Tirado Chase, Anthony (ed). Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa. London: Routledge. 2017.
- “Gender, Violence and Human Security,” Review of Books, American Journal of Sociology. Vol. 120 No. 4. January 2015.
- Creating Human Rights: How Non-Citizens Made Sex Persecution Matter to the World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (2008, 2009; e-print 2013).
Awards and Honors
- 2010 Nomination for American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit. Creating Human Rights: How Non-Citizens Made Sex Persecution Matter to the World.
- 2012-13 Nomination for Virginia Hodgkinson Best Book Award, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Creating Human Rights: How Non-Citizens Made Sex Persecution Matter to the World.
- 2009 Outstanding Academic Title Award in Political Science/Comparative Politics (Association of College & Research Libraries): Creating Human Rights: How Non-Citizens Made Sex Persecution Matter to the World.
Consultancies and Public Service
- Chair, Law and Public Policy Interest Group, National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), 2015-present.
- Ford Institute for Human Security Faculty Research Grant, $2,000.
Other Faculty or Academic Positions
- Faculty member, Human Rights Working Group, University of Pittsburgh
- Faculty affiliate, Ford Institute for Human Security, GSPIA
- Faculty associate, Global Studies Center, University Center for International Studies