Wilson Center Experts

Lauren McCarthy

Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar
Kennan Institute

Contact Information:
T 202/691-4006 // F 202/691-4001
Border Security
Organized Crime
Russia and Eurasia
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Wilson Center Project(s):
“Trafficking (In)justice: Law Enforcement’s Response to Human Trafficking in Russia”
Jan 07, 2013
Aug 30, 2013


Lauren McCarthy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachuestts 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.


Project Summary

This project explores how and when Russian law enforcement agencies have implemented laws on human trafficking in Russia from 2004-2012.

Major Publications

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

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