Maxwell School

Hans Peter Schmitz

Associate Professor, Political Science


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340 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-5919


Ph.D., European University Institute, Florence/Italy, 1999


Human rights, transnational NGOs, global health, corporate social responsibility

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Hans Peter teaches courses in international relations, including on transnational relations, non-state actors, human rights, and European identity questions.


Hans Peter Schmitz is associate professor of political science and co-director of the School’s Transnational NGO Initiative.  His areas of expertise include human rights and rights-based approaches to development, non-governmental organizations, global health advocacy, and corporate social responsibility.  Schmitz studies organizational effectiveness and accountability for NGOs, as well as global public health issues.  He has written two books and co-authored numerous book chapters and articles.  Schmitz earned a Ph.D. from the European University Institute (Italy), in 1999.


‘Non-Governmental and Not-for-Profit Organizational Effectiveness: A Modern Synthesis’ (with Jesse D. Lecy and Haley Swedlund), Voluntas. International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (forthcoming).

‘Corporations and NGOs: When Accountability leads to Co-optation’ (with Dorothea Baur), Journal of Business Ethics (forthcoming).

‘Rebels without a cause? Transnational Diffusion and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), 1990-2010,’ in Mobilizing Across Borders: Transnational Dynamics of Civil War, edited by Jeffrey T. Checkel, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

‘Encouraging Greater Compliance: Local Networks and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)’ (with Wagaki Mwangi and Lothar Rieth), in: From Commitment to Compliance: The Persistent Power of Human Rights, edited by Thomas Risse, Stephen Ropp, and Kathryn Sikkink, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

‘International Human Rights’ (with Kathryn Sikkink), in Handbook of International Relations (2nd edition), edited by Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse and Beth Simmons, London: Sage (forthcoming, 2012).

‘How does CCCD Affect Program Effectiveness and Sustainability? A Meta Review of Plan’s Evaluations’ (with Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken and Uwe Gneiting), a report commissioned by Plan International USA, TNGO Initiative/Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs (2011).

‘A Gap between Ambition and Effectiveness’ (with Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken), Journal of Civil Society, 7 (3), 287-92 (2011).

Transnational NGOs and Human Rights in a post-9/11 World, in Human Rights in the 21st Century. Continuity and Change since 9/11, edited by Michael Goodhart and Anja Mihr, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 203-221 (2011).

‘Advocacy Organizations, Networks, and the Firm Analogy’ (with Jesse D. Lecy and George E. Mitchell), in Advocacy Organizations and Collective Action, edited by Aseem Prakash and Mary Kay Gugerty, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 229-251 (2010).

‘Transnational Human Rights Networks: Significance and Challenges,’ in The International Studies Encyclopedia, Volume XI, edited by Robert A. Denmark, Wiley-Blackwell, 7189-7208 (2010).

‘Beyond Norms and Interests: Understanding Transnational Human Rights Activism’ (with Emily B. Rodio), The International Journal of Human Rights 14 (3), 442-459 (2010).

‘Setting Higher Goals: Rights and Development’ (with Uwe Gneiting, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, and Ricardo Gomez), Monday Developments 27 (12), 19-20 (2009).

‘New Strategies of Global Human Rights Promotion: NGOs, States, and Human Rights Education’ (with Anja Mihr), Human Rights Quarterly 29 (4), 973-93 (2007).

‘The New Transnationalism and Comparative Politics’ (with Mitchell A. Orenstein), Comparative Politics 38 (4), 479-500 (2006). 


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