Jennifer N. Barnes

Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University


I am a Political Science Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt University. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, I received my B.A. in Political Science in 2019 from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.I currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee with my cat, Teddy.


My research focuses on questions regarding state repression, human rights, and how these concepts can be best measured and evaluated. In particular, I'm interested in how agents responsible for implementing repressive policies affect what actually occurs in practice.In addition to my own work, I am a research assistant for the Political Terror Scale.

Working Papers:Competing Accountability and Noncompliance by Agents of RepressionThreat Dimensions and the Societal Repression of Women's Rights (with Emily Hencken Ritter and Chara Lynn)
(under review)

Published Work:Chapter 7: Human Rights: The Responsibilities to Respect, Protect, and Fulfill (with Linda Cornett and Mark Gibney). 2022. Reconfigurations of Authority, Power and Territoriality, edited by George Andreopoulos and Stephen Rosow. Edward Elgar Publishing.Virtual Seminars and Support Strategies for Junior Scholars: Lessons from the Online Peace Science Colloquium (with Cassy Dorff and Bradley C. Smith). 2022. PS: Political Science & Politics 55(3):558-559.

Public Scholarship:"Abortion Bans Are a Tool of Political Repression" (with Emily Hencken Ritter). July 5th, 2022. Political Violence @ a Glance.