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Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University

Kristin Sippl is a Postdoctoral Fellow of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Her research explores the human and environmental impacts of global supply chains, with a special focus on the private governance activities of businesses and NGOs. Her dissertation explained certification organization response to gold mining for the jewelry industry using qualitative case studies of the Alliance for Responsible Mining, Fairtrade International, and the Rainforest Alliance. This aligns with her broader interests in why some industries receive more private governance attention than others, the ethical challenges of luxury goods, and the determinants of successful activism. Kristin has taught in the areas of international relations, human rights, and non-state actors. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University in May 2016, spending her last year as a Research Associate at the Questrom School's Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy. She joined Harvard Business School in September 2016.


  • 2016–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Harvard Business School


  • 2016 
    Boston University, Political Science Department, Ph.D


  • 2015
    "Private and civil society governors of mercury pollution from artisanal and small-scale gold mining: A network analytic approach", The Extractive Industries and Society
  • 2014
    "Review of the book Constructing Private Governance: The Rise and Evolution of Forest, Coffee, and Fisheries Certification by Graeme Auld." , Review of Policy Research
  • 2012
    "Global policy for local livelihoods: Phasing out mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining" with co-author Henrik Selin, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development