Courtney Hillebrecht is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests are in international relations, human rights and international law. Her book, Domestic Politics and International Human Rights Tribunals: The Problem of Compliance (Cambridge University Press 2014) uses a multi-method approach to examine the domestic processes of compliance with the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights, arguing that compliance with international tribunals takes place at the nexus of international and domestic politics. Professor Hillebrecht's research also has been published in a variety of academic outlets, including, among others, Democratization, The European Journal of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, Human Rights Review, Human Rights Quarterly and International Interactions. Professor Hillebrecht is also co-editor of State Responses to Human Security: At Home and Abroad with Patrice McMahon and Tyler White (Routledge Press 2013) and contributes to policy outlets, such as the Washington Post's "The Monkey Cage" and OpenGlobalRights.
Professor Hillebrecht is currently the Vice Chair of the International Studies Association Human Rights Section, a member of the executive committee of the Inter-American Human Rights Network, and a member of the board of advisors of the Human Rights Implementation Project. She is also a mentor for the Peer Review of Teaching Project at UNL.
Professor Hillebrecht received her Ph.D. in 2010 from the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has held research fellowships at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and the School of Human Rights Research at Utrecht University in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She graduated suma cum laude from Middlebury College with a BA in History and Spanish in 2004.