Alexandra Budabin

Contact Information

Alexandra Budabin

Adjunct Faculty; Research Fellow

  • Adjunct

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Global Politics
  • Human Rights and Global Activism
  • Human Rights and Media
  • The Politics of Genocide and Mass Atrocity
  • Darfur: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Human Rights and Business (online)
  • Responding to Genocide (online)

Degrees Held

  • PhD in Political Science, The New School for Social Research, 2012
  • M.A. in Social Thought and Humanities, New York University, 2003
  • A.B. in History and the History of Art and Architecture, 2000

Professional Activities

  • Research Network on Celebrities and North-South Relations, Learn more (www) >>
  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • African Studies Association

Research Interests

  • Human Rights Advocacy and Transnational Politics
  • Conflict resolution, genocide, humanitarian intervention
  • Development, humanitarianism, and media
  • Non-state actors: celebrities, social movements, diasporas, multinational corporations, humanitarian agencies, and private military firms

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

With Lisa Ann Richey, "Celebritizing Conflict: How Ben Affleck Sells the Congo to Americans," Humanity, a special collection edited by Amal Fadlalla on "Humanitarianism and Human Rights: Conceptualizing Development, Security, and Justice in Africa," (forthcoming).

"Amplifying Causes: Celebrities as Norm Entrepreneurs in International Politics," Celebrity Studies as part of a collection edited by Dan Brockington on "Capitalism, Democracy and Celebrity Advocacy," (forthcoming).

"Diasporas as Development Partners for Peace? The Alliance Between the Darfuri Diaspora and the Save Darfur Coalition," Third World Quarterly, Volume 35, Number 1, (February 2014): 168-180. Special edition on “New Actors and Alliances in Development, co-edited by Stefano Ponte and Lisa Ann Richey.

"Genocide Olympics: The Campaign to Pressure China over the Darfur Conflict,” Central European University Political Science Journal, Volume 4, Issue 4 (December 2009): 520-565

Book Chapters

"Documentarian, Witness, and Organizer: Exploring Celebrity Roles in Human Rights Media Advocacy," for The Social Practice of Human Rights, edited by Joel R. Pruce (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

"Ben Affleck Goes to Washington: Celebrity Advocacy, Access, and Influence," Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics, Place and Power, edited by Lisa Ann Richey (Oxford: Routledge, forthcoming).

"Diasporas as Development Partners for Peace? The Alliance Between the Darfuri Diaspora and the Save Darfur Coalition," New Actors and Alliances in Development, edited by Stefano Ponte and Lisa Ann Richey (Oxford: Routledge, 2014).

"Genocide Olympics: How Activists Linked China, Darfur, and Beijing 2008," Chapter in Sudan Looks East: China, India and the Politics of Asian' Alternatives, Editors: Daniel Large and Luke Patey (Oxford: James Currey, 2011)

Non Refereed Article

"Do Celebrity Humanitarians Matter?" Carnegie Ethics Online, edited by Madeleine Lynn (New York: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 2014). Available at http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/ethics_online/0100

Selected Presentations

Presentations

2015

Chaired panel on "Audiences and Actors" and presented "Ben Affleck Goes to Washington and Other Tales of Post Democratic Politics" at "Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture," University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. February 2015.

2014

Coordinated conference "Humanitarianism Beyond the State: Everyday Actors in Global Do-Gooding" at University of Trento (Italy) in partnership with Roskilde University Cluster on Global Dynamics. October 2014.

International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada. Presented "Diasporas as Development Partners for Peace? The Alliance between the Darfuri Diaspora and the Save Darfur Coalition" for panel on "New Actors and Alliances: The Business of Development." March 2014.

Presented "When Access in the North Outweighs the South: Comparing Ben Affleck's Influence in the US and Congolese Contexts" for panel on "Celebrities, Sovereignty, and Performances of Transnational Charismatic Authority." My co-author Joel R. Pruce presented our paper on "Exploring the Practice of Human Rights Media Advocacy: An Interdisciplinary Study of Information Politics" for panel on "NGOs and Civil Society in the Promotion of Human Rights." March 2014.

2013

Conference on the Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. My co-author Joel Pruce presented our paper on "Exploring the Practice of Human Rights Media Advocacy: An Interdisciplinary Study of Information Politics" for panel on "Witnessing Through Visual Media." (I was on maternity leave) October 2013.

American Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2013, Chicago, IL. My co-author Joel Pruce presented our paper on “Exploring the Practice of Human Rights Media Advocacy: An Interdisciplinary Study of Information Politics” for panel on “The Social Practice of Human Rights.” (I was on maternity leave) September 2013.

International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA. Served as discussant on panel "Human Rights and Global Media: Advocacy Strategies for Norm Diffusion." Presented papers "Crowding the Field The Expanding Roster of Non-State Actors in Conflict Resolution" and "Celebrities, Congress and the Congo: The Amplification of African Conflicts." April 2012.

2012

Budabin, A., (Paper, Annual Meeting), African Studies Association, Philadelphia, PA, "Non-State Actors and Peacekeeping: The Case of GI-Intervention Network's Engagement with the African Union Mission in Darfur," Panel Participant, Academic, International. (December 1, 2012).

Budabin, A., (Paper), "Capitalism, Democracy and Celebrity Advocacy," University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, "Amplifying Causes: Celebrities as Norm Entrepreneurs in International Politics," Panel Participant, Academic, International, Invited. (June 18, 2012).

Budabin, A., (Paper, Annual Convention), International Studies Association, San Diego, "The Transatlantic Effort to Save Darfur: Mobilization in the US and Britain, 2004-2008," Panel Participant, Academic, International. (April 1, 2012).

Budabin, A. (Presenter & Author), Richey, L. A., Paper, Annual Meeting, African Studies Association, Philadelphia, PA, "Celebrities, Congress and the Congo: The Amplification of African Conflicts." Panel Participant, Academic, International. (December 1, 2012).

International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA. (Presenter), "Amplifying Causes: Celebrities as Norm Entrepreneurs in Global Civil Society" and "The Transatlantic Effort to Save Darfur: Mobilization in the US and Britain, 2004-2008." April 2012.

2011

American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. (Presenter), "Diasporas for Peace? The Building of Transnational Coalitions in the Host County" for the panel on "Qualitative Investigations of Identity." September 2011.

The Migration-Development Nexus Revisited: State of the Art and Ways Ahead, organized by SMMS Centre (Migration Scenarios and Social Change), Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento: presented "Diasporas for Peace? The Role of the Sudanese Diaspora during the US Mobilization on Behalf of Darfur." June 2011.

2010

Italian Political Science Association 24th Convention, University of Venice, Italy: presented "Bake Sales for the African Union: The NGO Campaign to Promote Civilian Protection in Darfur" for a panel on "Humanitarian action, human rights and peace missions." September 2010.

Ethno-Politics and Intervention in a Globalized World, University of Exeter's Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, Exeter, United Kingdom. Presented "Diasporas for Peace? The Case of the US Mobilization on Behalf of Darfur and the Role of the Sudanese Diaspora" for panel on Questioning Ethno-Politics: Diasporic Political Cultures, Subjectivities and Spaces. June 2010.

Midwest Political Science Association Annual National Conference, Chicago, IL: presented "Bake Sales for the African Union: The NGO Campaign to Promote Civilian Protection in Darfur" and "Divesting for Darfur: The Campaign to Increase Economic Pressure on Sudan." April 2010.

Invited Talks, Presentations and Lectures

2014

"When Access in the North Outweighs the South: Comparing Ben Affleck’s Influence in the US and Congolese Contexts” for research network meeting Humanitarianism Beyond the State: Everyday Actors in Global Do-Gooding at University of Trento (Italy). Invited participant. October 2014/

"When Access in the North Outweighs the South: Comparing Ben Affleck's Influence in the US and Congolese Contexts" at the International Symposium on the Celebrity-Business-Development Nexus at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). Invited participant. May 2014.

2013

"Celebrities, Congress and the Congo: The Amplification of African Conflicts" at Dynamics of Globalization, Inequality and New Processes of International Interaction ("Global Dynamics"), Roskilde University, Inaugural Seminar on "Celebrities as New Global Actors." Invited participant. June 2013.

2012

Faculty of School of Economic and Management, University of Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy. Invited to lead Research Seminar on "Are your Dollars Funding Genocide? The Case of the Divest for Darfur Campaign." December 2012.

"Amplifying Causes: Celebrities as Norm Entrepreneurs in International Politics" for "Capitalism, Democracy and Celebrity Advocacy," University of Manchester Symposium, Manchester, UK. June 2012.

2010

"Citizen’s Army for Darfur: Research, Findings, and Challenges" for Visiting Scholars Fellows Meeting, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Memorial Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC. March 2010.

2009

"NGOs, Global Civil Society and Advocacy" for Centre for African Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. October 2009.