Skip to main content

Lauren McCarthy

Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar


    January 7, 2013 — August 30, 2013

    Professional affiliation

    Associate Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Wilson Center Projects

    “Trafficking (In)justice: Law Enforcement’s Response to Human Trafficking in Russia”

    Full Biography

    Lauren McCarthy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before that, she completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation about law enforcement practice on human trafficking won the 2012 Corwin Award from the American Political Science Association for the Best Dissertation in Public Law. Her research focuses on human trafficking and slave labor in the Russian Federation as well as policing practices. Additionally, she is working on a project about Russians' attitudes towards and experiences with law enforcement agencies.

    Major Publications

    • “Beyond Corruption: An Assessment of Russian Law Enforcement’s Fight against Human Trafficking” Demokratizatsiya 18 (1): 1-27, Winter 2010