Placement Sample

Lucrecia Garcia-Iommi  (Ph.D. Expected January 2012)   

Curriculum Vitae

As a graduate student at Notre Dame, I have specialized in International Relations (IR) theory and comparative politics, with a focus on Europe and Latin America. My research interests lie primarily on the problem of international governance. My research on governance is focused on the role of ideas, norms and identity as it pertains to the creation and the role of international and supranational institutions. In turn, this research has led me to the study of the relation between international law and international governance, in particular the effects that changes in rights and duties of individuals under international law have had on governance.

I am currently writing my dissertation on the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) under the direction of Professor George A. Lopez. Challenging the expectations of practitioners and scholars alike, the ICC illustrates fundamental changes in international law and in the way we understand sovereignty, governance and state-society relations. The argument of my dissertation is that the ICC was created because the option of a strong independent international criminal court was successfully championed by key individuals, powerful “normative entrepreneurs”, within enough states. These individuals believed that only a strong, independent court, with complementary jurisdiction like the one established by the Rome Statute could effectively prevent, and deal with, crimes under international law– i.e., genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and eventually aggression. These individuals had the technical expertise to define the problem, and its solution, for states and the necessary initial authority to set the course in that direction. Where did their vision for the court come from? There were three sources: First, the identity of the state these individuals represented; second, the culture of the organization they belonged to; and, finally, their professional background. Methodologically, I use ordinal logistic regression analysis, discourse analysis, and process-tracing in cross-national comparisons to identify the causal role of these ideas on the creation of the court. My research on the ICC has been generously supported by both the Kellogg and the Nanovic Institute through travel grants and fellowships.

My research interests also include the study of techniques to teach political science effectively, particularly the effectiveness of using film and television (as well as film theory and media studies) as teaching tools. In order to further my understanding of these tools, I have completed the Graduate Minor in Screen Cultures at the University of Notre Dame and I have conducted research on teaching IR theory from a critical perspective using film and film theory. I presented this particular work at the 2011 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference and I have presented my work regularly at the ISA, APSA and MPSA annual conferences since 2004.

Teaching is the cornerstone of my academic vocation and I have been teaching in different capacities for ten years. As a teacher in the field of IR theory, my goal is to inspire in my students enthusiasm for international politics, and to help them learn the tools of the discipline through a combination of systematic and critical thinking, debate, empathy and intellectual honesty. Since 2008, I have designed and taught my own courses at the University of Notre Dame ranging from IR theory and International Law to rhetoric and composition. I have also acted as an undergraduate academic advisor and mentored senior theses, including the 2011 Stephen Kertesz Prize for the best senior thesis in the field of International Relations. For my teaching performance, I have received the Kaneb Center Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Dissertation Title:

Thinking Institutions in 3-D: The Role of Ideas in the Creation of the International Criminal Court

Dissertation Committee:

Professor George A. Lopez (advisor)
Professor Dan Philpott
Professor Sebastian Rosato
Professor Keir Lieber (Georgetown University)