Ilana Rothkopf

Ilana Rothkopf

Fields of Study: International Relations, Comparative Politics


Areas of Interest: Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Political Violence, International Organizations, Constitutional Design, International Law, Comparative Law

Ilana is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science where she is also a doctoral affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Notre Dame International Security Center. Her research and teaching interests include post-conflict reconstruction, political violence, international organizations, international/comparative law, and constitutional design. Her dissertation analyzes the impact of foreign involvement in constitution-making on constitutional, peacebuilding, and security outcomes. In addition to her research on armed conflict and constitution-making, she also conducts research on international humanitarian law and Islamic international law.

She completed her MA in Political Science at Notre Dame in 2018. She also holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA from McGill University with majors in Political Science and Middle East Studies.  Before coming to Notre Dame, she worked as a compliance analyst in the legal and financial services industries where she focused on anti-money laundering and sanctions.