Kelebogile Zvobgo

Provost's Fellow in the Social Sciences and Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Kelebogile Zvobgo is Provost's Fellow in the Social Sciences and a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. She is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Pre-doctoral Fellow at the College of William & Mary's Global Research Institute.

She is broadly interested in human rights, transitional justice, and international law and courts. Her primary research focuses on quasi-judicial bodies that have proliferated across the globe to fill the gaps left by domestic and international law and courts. Like courts, these accountability mechanisms collect statements from individuals who have been harmed by state or non-state actors, conduct an investigation, and enjoin appropriate reparative actions. Thus far, her work in this area has extended to truth commissions and international development banks' compliance mechanisms.

Kelebogile's research is published or forthcoming in the International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Human Rights, and Journal of Political Science Education. She has also written for The Washington Post and The Conversation.


  • 2019–present
    Global Research Institute Pre-doctoral Fellow, College of William & Mary
  • 2015–present
    Provost Fellow in the Social Sciences and Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southern California


  • 2014 
    Pomona College, B.A., cum laude, International Relations & French Language and Literature


  • 2019
    Human Rights versus National Interests: Shifting US Public Attitudes on the International Criminal Court, International Studies Quarterly
  • 2019
    Smoothing the Pipeline: A Strategy to Match Graduate Training with the Professional Demands of Professorship, Journal of Political Science Education
  • 2019
    Designing Truth: Facilitating Perpetrator Testimony at Truth Commissions, Journal of Human Rights

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