Faculty & Staff

Michelle Jurkovich, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts


Areas of Expertise

Politics of Food Security, Economic and Social Rights, Transnational Activism, International Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations


PhD, The George Washington University, 2014
MA, California State University, Los Angeles, 2008
BA, California State University, Fresno (Smittcamp Family Honors College), 2005

Additional Information

Professor Jurkovich is on leave for the 2017-2018 academic year on fellowship at Brown University. 

Michelle Jurkovich's research is motivated by a desire to be both policy-relevant and theoretically driven.  Currently, she is working on a book manuscript on international anti-hunger activism as well as several additional projects, including a comparison of activism across different economic and social rights (education, health, and food). She is especially interested in how and why norms develop (or don’t) around economic and social rights and the causes and effects of blame diffusion in advocacy campaigns.  She has conducted extensive interviews within the anti-hunger advocacy community as well as archival work on the construction of hunger as a global problem at the UN FAO archives in Rome, the UK National Archives, OXFAM’s organizational archives in Oxford, UK, and the US National Archives.  In keeping with her more general curiosity about the (often neglected) role of the Global South in constructing international norms and practices, she recently published an article with Martha Finnemore titled "Getting a Seat at the Table: The Origins of Universal Participation and Modern Multilateral Conferences," Global Governance, 20, no. 3 (2014): 361-373.  From 2014-2015 she was a postdoctoral fellow in international studies at the Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs at Brown University. 

For more information on Jurkovich's research or a copy of her CV, please see her website.