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J.D., 2006, New York University School of Law

Ph.D., Sociology, 1995, Northwestern University

M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University

B.A., Psychology, Northwestern University

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  • Office: W304
  • Phone: 225-578-8701
  • Fax: 225-578-5937
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Lisa Avalos

Assistant Professor of Law


Professor Avalos focuses her research on international human rights with an emphasis on women’s human rights, gender-based violence, and sexual violence. She works with international nongovernmental organizations to develop policy solutions that address persistent human rights violations such as rape, child marriage, forced marriage, and honor-based violence. Her teaching interests include criminal law, international human rights, and gender-based violence.

Avalos previously served as Assistant Professor of Law at Arkansas. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She also holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology Northwestern University, and a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University.