Francesca Parente - Directory - Christopher Newport University


Francesca Parente

Department of Political Science

Francesca Parente

Assistant Professor
Director of the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

McMurran Hall 363
(757) 594-7623


  • Ph D in Political Science, University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law, University of Virginia


International relations; human rights; international law and organizations


Compliance with human rights courts' rulings; institutional design of international organizations; impact of international law on state behavior; inference from observational data


Dr. Francesca Parente is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation on compliance with rulings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights was awarded Best Dissertation by the American Political Science Association Human Rights Section in 2020. Prior to her appointment at CNU, Dr. Parente was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Perry World House, the global policy hub of the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2023). Domestic Accountability and Non-Compliance with International Law: Evidence from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Journal of Peace Research.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2023). From "Is it Unconfounded?" to "How Much Confounding Would It Take?": Applying the Sensitivity-Based Approach to Assess Causes of Support for Peace in Colombia. Journal of Politics. Volume, 85. Issue, 3. Pages, 1145-1150.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2022). Settle or Litigate? Consequences of Institutional Design in the Inter-American System of Human Rights Protection. Review of International Organizations. Volume, 17. Issue, 1. Pages, 39-61.
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