Stephanie Golob

Stephanie R. Golob is Associate Professor of Political Science at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY).  Her research centers on the impact of globalization on state sovereignty, focusing on the “domestication” of international legal norms through transformations in national legal culture.  Specifically, her work investigates the impact and local appropriation of transnationalized “anti-impunity” norms – propagated via the Pinochet Case and other cases such as Schilingo and Barrios Altos —  within the legal communities and civil societies in countries such as Chile and Spain, whose democratic transitions in past decades were not accompanied by “transitional justice.” Her two-part essay on the Pinochet Case was awarded a Frank Cass Prize from the journal Democratization in 2002, and in 2006-07 she held an Andrew W. Mellon Resident Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center to develop research on the legal-cultural legacy of strategies of legalization and retrospective justice employed by the Franco regime.  More recent publications include Volver:  The Return of/to Transitional Justice Politics in Contemporary Spain (Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 2008); and Evolution or Revolution?  Transitional Justice Culture Across Borders (Institute for Public Goods and Policy Working Paper, CCHS, CSIS, June 2010).  She is currently writing a book provisionally titled, The Long Arm of the Law: Legal Culture, Globalized Norms, and the Anti-Impunity Revolution.


Main publications:

  • 2010  Evolution or Revolution? Transitional Justice Culture Across Borders. Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos, Working Paper, CCHS, CSIS.
  • 2008 “Volver: The Return of/to Transitional Justice Politics in Contemporary Spain”  Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 9(2):127-141