Annelise Riles

Professor of Law
Associate Provost for Global Affairs


Annelise Riles is an Associate Provost for Global Affairs and a professor of law and anthropology.

Her scholarship spans a wide range of substantive areas including human rights, managing and accommodating cultural differences, and the regulation of the global financial markets.

Key areas in legal studies include comparative law, the conflict of laws, financial regulation, socio-legal studies and international law. In anthropology, her work is known for its methodological contributions as well as for its contributions to the study of international institutions and expertise.

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Areas of Expertise

  • International Human Rights
  • Conflicts of Law
  • International Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Global Financial Regulation
  • Legal Anthropology


  • AB, Princeton University
  • MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • PhD, University of Cambridge

Prior Appointments

  • Executive Director of the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University
  • Jack G. Clarke ’52 Professor of Far East Legal Studies, Cornell University
  • Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
  • Professor, Cornell University School of Law
  • Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Assistant Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Research Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University
  • Lecturer, Department of History and Politics, University of the South Pacific

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