Mark Berlin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Irvine. His work explores the politics of international law, with a particular focus on issues related to criminal accountability for violations of human rights and the laws of war. Prof. Berlin's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, and he was formerly a guest researcher at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. He teaches courses on international law, international organizations, and human rights. Prof. Berlin also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, and before pursuing his graduate studies, worked as a music producer and recording engineer in Chicago.
Prof. Berlin has recently completed a book, Criminalizing Atrocity: The Global Spread of Criminal Laws against International Crimes (Oxford University Press), that examines how and why countries around the world over the past 70 years have adopted national criminal laws against genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. He is currently working on a number of new research projects related to the prevention and prosecution of torture. They include analyses of the causes and effects of torture criminalization, as well as an investigation into the persistence of torture in the Chicago Police Department and efforts there to achieve justice for the victims.
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2015
- POSC 4601 International Law
- POSC 4611 International Organizations
- POSC 4653 The Politics of Torture
- POSC 6651 The Politics of Human Rights