Elizabeth Borgwardt

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 Human Rights History and International Law 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 won the Merle Curti book award from the Organization of American Historians as the best book on 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 holds a PhD from Stanford, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MPhil 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.