Leslie Johns

Associate Professor of Political Science and Law

  • B.F.A Carnegie Mellon University, 2002
  • M.S. Carnegie Mellon University, 2003
  • M.A. New York University, 2005
  • Ph.D. New York University, 2008

Professor Johns’ research and teaching lies at the intersection of international law and international relations. In particular, she focuses on international trade disputes at the WTO, the property rights of foreign investors, and the design of international courts and treaties. Her recent publications include: "Under One Roof: Supply Chains and the Protection of Foreign Investment," (with Rachel Wellhausen), 110 American Political Science Review 31 (2016), "Fear of Crowds in World Trade Organization Disputes: Why Don't More Countries Participate?" (with Krzysztof Pelc), 78 Journal of Politics 88 (2016), and Strengthening International Courts: The Hidden Costs of Legalization (University of Michigan Press, 2015).


  • Books
  • Articles And Chapters
    • The Politics of Punishment: Why Dictations Join the International Criminal Court (with Francesca Parente), International Studies Quarterly (forthcoming). xx: xx-xx.
    • Formal Models of International Political Economy: Looking Back and Moving Forward, in Oxford Handbook of International Political Economy, (edited by Jon Pevehouse and Leonard Seabrooke, Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
    • Migration and the Demand for Transnational Justice (with Máximo Langer, and Margaret E. Peters), American Political Science Review (2022). 116: 1184-1207
    • The Price of Doing Business: Why Replaceable Foreign Firms Get Worse Government Treatment (with Rachel Wellhausen), Economics & Politics (2021). 33: 209-243
    • Judicial Economy and Moving Bars in International Investment Arbitration (Calvin Thrall and Rachel Wellhausen), Review of International Organizations (2020). 15: 923-945 
    • The Design of Enforcement: Collective Action and the Enforcement of International Law, Journal of Theoretical Politics (2019). 31: 543-567
    • When Things Fall Apart: The Impact of Global Governance on Civil Conflict (with Frank Wyer), Journal of Politics (2019). 81 (4): e80-e84
    • How a Retreat from Global Economic Governance May Empower Business Interests (with Krzysztof Pelc, and Rachel Wellhausen ), Journal of Politics (2019). 81 (2): 731-738.
    • International Law's Empire, Journal of Politics (2019). 81 (1): e23-e26
    • Free-Riding on Enforcement in the WTO (with Krzysztof Pelc), Journal of Politics (2018). Full Text
    • The Diverging Theory and Practice of International Law, in Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory, (edited by William R. Thompson, Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming). Full Text
    • Under One Roof: Supply Chains and the Protection of Foreign Investment (with Rachel Wellhausen), 110 (1) American Political Science Review 31-51 (2016). Full Text
    • Fear of Crowds in World Trade Organization Disputes: Why Don't More Countries Participate? (with Krzysztof Pelc), 78 (1) Journal of Politics 88-104 (2016). Full Text
    • The Design of Trade Agreements (with Lauren Peritz), in The Oxford Handbook of the Political Economy of International Trade, (edited by Lisa Martin, Oxford Univ. Press, 2015). Full Text
    • Who Gets to Be in the Room? Manipulating Participation in WTO Disputes (with Krzysztof J. Pelc), 68 (3) International Organization 663-699 (2014). Full Text
    • Depth versus Rigidity in the Design of International Trade Agreements, 26 (3) Journal of Theoretical Politics 468-495 (2014). Full Text
    • Formal Models of International Institutions (with Michael Gilligan), 15 (1) Annual Review of Political Science 221-243 (2012). Full Text
    • Courts as Coordinators: Endogenous Enforcement and Jurisdiction in International Adjudication, 56 (2) Journal of Conflict Resolution 257-289 (2012). Full Text
    • Strengthening International Courts and the Early Settlement of Disputes (with Michael Gilligan and B. Peter Rosendorff), 54 (5) Journal of Conflict Resolution 5-38 (2010). Full Text
    • Dispute Settlement, Compliance and Domestic Politics (with B. Peter Rosendorff), in Trade Disputes and the Dispute Settlement Understanding of the WTO: An Interdisciplinary Assessment, (edited by James C. Hartigan, Emerald Group Publishing, 2009). Full Text
    • A Servant of Two Masters: Communication and the Selection of International Bureaucrats, 61 International Organization 245-275 (Spring 2007). Full Text
    • Knowing the Unknown: Executive Evaluation and International Crisis Outcomes, 50 (2) Journal of Conflict Resolution 228-252 (2006). Full Text