Director, Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS)Associate Professor of International Affairs

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K. Chad Clay is the Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) and an Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Prior to receiving his PhD in political science from Binghamton University in 2012, he received a BA in chemistry from Hendrix College in 2003 and MA degrees in political science and sociology from the University of Memphis in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He joined the faculty at SPIA in 2012. Dr. Clay’s research focuses on the on the determinants of human rights practices, collective dissent, political violence, and economic development.

  • Ph.D., Binghamton University 2012, Political Science
  • M.A., University of Memphis 2008, Sociology
  • M.A. , University of Memphis 2007, Political Science
  • B.A. , Hendrix College 2003 , Chemistry
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Dr. Clay studies international relations and comparative politics, focusing on the determinants of human rights practices, collective dissent, political violence, and economic development.  He is also highly interested in the international diffusion of local outcomes, as well as the institutions, organizations, and processes that facilitate such diffusion.  His research has been published in several outlets, such as the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and the British Journal of Political Science.

Dr. Clay is also actively involved in the measurement of human rights practices.  He is the Co-Founder and Methodology Research & Design Lead for the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), co-director of the archived CIRI Human Rights Data Project, and co-Principal Investigator on the Worker Rights in Law & Practice Data Project (WorkR) and the Sub-National Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP).

Dr. Clay teaches classes on human rights, political violence, international political economy, and international relations.  Through the GLOBIS Human Rights Research Lab, he also supervises the research of a large number of undergraduate and graduate students, who he teaches about the collection of quantitative human rights data and the conduct of scholarly research on the topics of human rights, political violence, and economic development.

Areas of Expertise
  • Human Rights
  • Political Violence
  • Organized Dissent
  • Economic Development
  • International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs)
  • Spatial Econometrics
Course Instruction
  • INTL 4620 Human Rights
  • INTL 4230 International Political Economy
  • INTL 3200 Introduction to International Relations
  • INTL 4622R GLOBIS Human Rights Research
  • INTL 8260 Human Rights (Graduate)
  • INTL 8365 Comparative Political Violence (Graduate)
  • INTL 8240 International Political Economy (Graduate)