Laura Hebert

Associate Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs
B.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee M.A., University of Oregon Ph.D., University of Denver
Appointed In: 
Johnson/McKinnon 209

T 12:00-1:00pm; W 12:00-1:00pm; & Th 3:00-4:00pm and by appointment

Hebert's research interests center on gender, human rights, international law, and international organizations, with a geographic emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia and a thematic focus on gender-based violence.

Her most recent publications include “‘Women Run the Show’? Gender Violence Reform and the ‘Stretching’ of Human Rights in Rwanda” in the Journal of Human Rights (February 2015), and “Always Victimizers, Never Victims: Engaging Men and Boys in Human Trafficking Scholarship” (October 2016) in the Journal of Human Trafficking. She has also published articles in The International Journal of Human Rights, the Journal of Gender Studies, and Human Rights & Human Welfare, and contributed chapters to Human Trafficking & Human Rights: Rethinking Contemporary Slavery (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) and Making Gender, Making War: Violence, Military, and Peacekeeping Practices (Routledge, 2011). She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Gender & Human Rights in the Age of Mobility. Building on two courses she has taught for more than a decade, “Gender & International Human Rights” and “Human Rights & Trafficking in Persons,” the book is using human trafficking as a lens through which to critically engage contemporary feminist human rights debates, including how feminist scholars and activists have navigated the intersectionality and fluidity of identities, where the study of men and masculinities “fit” in feminist theorizing and activism, and how feminist research exposes the limitations of the state-citizen model of human rights in a global era. The book integrates underexplored case studies in the trafficking literature to illuminate these debates, including the trafficking of sexual minorities, Third Country Nationals subject to labor trafficking on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, and domestic servitude in the United Kingdom.

Hebert is also co-chair of Oxy’s new Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies minor.