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Kelebogile Zvobgo

Assistant Professor of Government; Director of the International Justice Lab, William & Mary

Kelebogile Zvobgo is an Assistant Professor of Government at William & Mary, and founder and director of the International Justice Lab. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California in 2021. At USC, she was Provost's Fellow in the Social Sciences, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and a recipient of the 2021 USC Ph.D. Achievement Award. She received her B.A. (with honors) in International Relations and French Language & Literature from Pomona College in 2014.

Zvobgo is broadly interested in human rights, transitional justice, and international law and courts. Much of her past and ongoing research concerns quasi-judicial and judicial bodies that have proliferated around the globe over the past half-century to address serious violations of human rights law and humanitarian law. Thus far, her work has centered on domestic truth commissions and international criminal tribunals, especially the International Criminal Court.

Zvobgo's research is published or forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals like the International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Human Rights, and PS: Political Science & Politics. She has also written for Foreign Policy Magazine, The Washington Post, The Conversation, and Ms. Magazine.


  • 2019–present
    Director, International Justice Lab, College of William & Mary
  • 2021–present
    Assistant Professor of Government, College of William & Mary
  • 2015–2021
    Provost Fellow in the Social Sciences and Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southern California
  • 2019–2021
    Pre-doctoral Fellow, Global Research Institute, College of William & Mary


  • 2021 
    University of Southern California, Ph.D., Political Science and International Relations
  • 2014 
    Pomona College, B.A., cum laude, International Relations & French Language and Literature


  • 2021
    The Stewardship Model: An Inclusive Approach to Undergraduate Research (with Megan Becker and Benjamin A.T. Graham), PS: Political Science & Politics
  • 2021
    Safeguarding truth: Supporting children’s participation at truth commissions (with Sameer S. J. B. Rana), Journal of Human Rights
  • 2021
    Field Research: A Graduate Student's Guide (with Ezgi Irgil, Anne-Kathrin Kreft, Myunghee Lee, and Charmaine N. Willis), International Studies Review
  • 2020
    Reserving Rights: Explaining Human Rights Treaty Reservations (with Wayne Sandholtz and Suzie Mulesky), International Studies Quarterly
  • 2020
    Smoothing the Pipeline: A Strategy to Match Graduate Training with the Professional Demands of Professorship (with Megan Becker), Journal of Political Science Education
  • 2020
    The World Bank as an Enforcer of Human Rights (with Benjamin A.T. Graham), Journal of Human Rights
  • 2020
    Demanding Truth: The Global Transitional Justice Network and the Creation of Truth Commissions, International Studies Quarterly
  • 2019
    Designing Truth: Facilitating Perpetrator Testimony at Truth Commissions, Journal of Human Rights
  • 2019
    Human Rights versus National Interests: Shifting US Public Attitudes on the International Criminal Court, International Studies Quarterly

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    NSF Division of Graduate Education (Grant No. DGE-1418060)
    Graduate Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association