I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Starting Fall 2016 I will be a post-doc at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.

My dissertation examines international “naming and shaming” campaigns, especially around women’s rights in the Muslim World. I’m particularly interested in backlash and unintended consequences to global shaming. (Read more about my dissertation here.) More broadly, I study international norms and identity using computational and data-intensive methods.

My previous work on the tension between Islamophobia and feminism was recently published in Theory, Culture & Society

I developed and taught a new course, PS239T: Introduction to Computational Tools and Techniques, during Fall 2015. I also teach short workshops on WordPress, Drupal, Git, R, Python, computational text analysis, and basic computing for the D-Lab, DH @ Berkeley, and the Hacker WithinI’m a certified instructor with Software Carpentry and Data CarpentrySee my teaching page for information and materials. 

My research has been funded by the UC Institute of International Studies, the UC Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation, and Soroptimist International. For several years I worked (and blogged) at the Townsend Center for Humanities. I’ve done a variety of Drupal and WordPress development around campus. I’m currently on the advisory board of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.


c/o Travers Department of Political Science
Barrows Hall
University of California

Email: rterman@berkeley.edu