Tracey Blasenheim, Interdisciplinary Dissertation Fellow at the Human Rights Center for 2018-2019, is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science conducting research at the intersection of international law, critical security studies, and humanitarian advocacy. His primary research looks at the rapid proliferation of humanitarian legal expertise in and by militaries around the world, as well as the benefits and consequences of these developments. Tracey’s broader academic interests tackle questions regarding the use of legal regimes to both contest and entrench power inequities.
Tracey joins the Human Rights Center as an IDF fellow from the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He recently concluded six months of archival, interview, and participatory observation with military lawyers from over 40 countries, as well as commanders, operators, civilian officials, and NGO legal advisers from leading states and organizations. Prior to his studies at the UofM, Tracey earned a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Vassar College before working in Turkey for four years.