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Sirje Laurel Weldon

Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Residency Dates: September 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022


Sirje Laurel Weldon

Sirje Laurel Weldon is a distinguished professor at Simon Fraser University and co-editor of the American Political Science Review. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Previously, she held a distinguished professorship at Purdue University. Weldon has won numerous awards, including a Best Book Award (in Human Rights) from the International Studies Association for her 2018 book The Logics of Gender Justice, co-authored with Mala Htun.

At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Weldon will work on her next book, a collaboration with Summer Forester, Amber Lusvardi and Kaitlin Kelly-Thompson, which examines the role of feminist mobilization in furthering women's economic and social rights. Drawing on an original cross-national dataset on feminist mobilization, it combines large-scale statistical analysis with a series of case studies from every region of the world.


  • Distinguished Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Powers of the powerless: Feminist mobilization and economic empowerment in Europe


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

Social Movements
Public Policy
Gender Justice
Human Rights
Economic Rights
Violence Against Women

Select Publications

Datta, Srijani, Summer Forester, Kaitlin Kelly-Thompson, Amber Lusvardi, and S. Laurel Weldon. “Domestic Workers from Margin to Center: Protest, Opportunity and Threat in Pandemic Politics.” Journal for Cultural Research 26, no. 1 (2022): 39–64.

Forester, Summer, Kaitlin Kelly-Thompson, Amber Lusvardi, and S. Laurel Weldon. “New Dimensions of Global Feminist Influence: Tracking Feminist Mobilization Worldwide, 1975–2015.” International Studies Quarterly 66, no. 1 (2022).

Einwohner, Rachel L., Kaitlin Kelly-Thompson, Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, Fernando Tormos-Aponte, S. Laurel Weldon, Jared M. Wright, and Charles Wu. “Active Solidarity: Intersectional Solidarity in Action.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 28, no. 3 (2019): 704–29.