Elise Rainer

Ph.D. 2016, 2013 Cohort
Elise Carlson Rainer

Dissertation Project

Sexual Minority Rights as Human Rights: Mapping the Evolution of LGBT Norms in Swedish and U.S. Foreign Policy

Professional Background

Foreign Affairs: the UN, USAID and the U.S. Dept. of State


Diplomacy, foreign policy, graduate curriculum development, Swedish


Elise Rainer completed her Ph.D. at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies in 2016. She specializes in Swedish and U.S. politics, human rights foreign policy, and LGBT rights. Her research attempts to examine why and how Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights became incorporated into the foreign policies of Sweden and the United States.  She formerly worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.


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