Professor Elizabeth Borgwardt is an acclaimed international law and human rights historian whose research focuses on human rights ideas and institutions. She is an Associate Professor of History at Washington University in St Louis. Her first book, A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights, was published in 2005 by Harvard University Press and garnered the Merle Curti book award from the Organization of American Historians as the best book in the history of ideas, as well as the Stuart L. Bernath book award from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the Phi Alpha Theta best first book award. Borgwardt has a PhD from Stanford, a JD from Harvard Law School and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. She clerked for the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and is a member of the California Bar. She has held fellowships with Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and NYU, as well as a Fulbright with the University of Heidelberg, where she remains a permanent faculty affiliate. Her current project on crimes against humanity in history, law, and politics is under contract with Alfred A. Knopf.
While at University of Chicago, Professor Borgwardt taught a course titled "Crimes against Humanity in History, Law, and Politics" (HMRT 29502/39502). Her public lecutres can be found on our list of past events.