Rebecca Adami

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Research Associate


Rebecca Adami is Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Stockholm University and Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London. Her most recent research Women and the UN: A new history of women’s international human rights with Professor Dan Plesch is published Open Access with Routledge. She is the author of Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Recipient of the Bertha Lutz Award 2022 for highest quality public writing and research on women in diplomacy by the Diplomatic Studies Section (DPLST) of the International Studies Association (ISA).

In 2018 a UN photo exhibit Women Who Shaped the Universal Declaration based on her work opened at the UN Headquarters by Secretary General António Guterres and first Latin American female President of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.

Other publications on women in the UN history of human rights include Revisiting the Past: Human Rights Education and Epistemic Justice and The Swedish Middle Way and UN Experiences in Domestic Politics: Exploring international welfare feminism during early Cold War years, and Intersectional dialogue – Analyzing power in reaching a Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 on conflicting grounds.

UN Panel presentation with Elise Dietrichson Luhr and Fatima Sator, Women and the Origins of the UN – A Southern Legacy, 22 May 2018 from the UN Trusteeship Council. Organizers: Brazilian Mission to the United Nations, SOAS University of London, and Stockholm University. Co-sponsors: the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Pakistan, India, Kenya, Colombia. UN radio on the event by Paulina Greer, with Elise Dietrichson Luhr and Fatima Sator Women and the UN Charter, 8 June 2018.

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Human Rights
  • Women and UN History

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