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Dr. Zwingel received her Ph. D. in Political Science from Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, and an M.A. in Politics and Sociology from Hamburg University, Germany. Before joining the Department of Politics and International Relations at FIU in 2014, she worked as Associate Professor of Politics at the State University of New York in Potsdam, NY.
Dr. Zwingel's research interests include international women's rights norms and their translation; gender equality advocacy around the world; global governance and gender; feminist, constructivist and post-colonial IR theories; and gender and armed conflict. Publications in her fields of expertise include journal articles (e.g. "How Do Norms Travel? Theorizing International Women's Rights In Transnational Perspective", International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 56, 2012) and co-edited volumes (with Elisabeth Prügl and Gülay Caglar: Feminist Strategies in International Governance, Routledge, 2013). In 2016, she published a monograph titled "Translating International Women's Rights: The CEDAW Convention in Context" (with Palgrave Macmillan). The focus of this book is on the diverse connections between internationally codified women's rights and real-life contexts as well as on the agency that is necessary to integrate rights into women's lives. For a complete list of publications please see her CV.
A project Dr. Zwingel is currently working on is finding reasonable ways of assessing outcomes of gender equality policies beyond mere numerical measuring (see in this context her co-authored piece with Debra J. Liebowitz, ""Gender Equality Oversimplified: Using CEDAW to Counter the Measurement Obsession", International Studies Review, Vol. 16, 2014). In the future, Dr. Zwingel plans to investigate the role of translators in international organizations.
At FIU, Dr. Zwingel teaches International Relations Theories, Men and Women in International Relations, Political Repression and Human Rights, among other courses. As a German national who is also fluent in English and Spanish, she is excited to contribute to FIU's multicultural and dynamic community.