Associate Professor
Fordham University


Areas of Expertise
Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs, International Non-Governmental Organizations, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, Refugees and Displacement
United Nations, Women, Peace and Security

Region of Focus

Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr. Labonte is Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. She received her A.B. in International Relations from Syracuse University and her A.M and Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University. Dr. Labonte also serves as sub-Saharan Africa Academic Advisor for Freedom House and has conducted research with the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly on issues including Security Council reform, the Global Financial Crisis, and the Responsibility to Protect. She has carried out extensive field work analyzing the peacebuilding process in Sierra Leone, which forms the basis for her current book project. In 2013 Dr. Labonte was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Social Sciences, and the Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal’s Faculty Mentor Award in the Social Sciences.

Recent Publications
“R2P’s Status as a Norm,” in Alex J. Bellamy and Tim Dunne, eds., The Oxford Handbook on the Responsibility to Protect (London: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).

“The Evolution of Rights-Based Humanitarianism in Sierra Leone,” [co-authored with Ishmeal Alfred Charles, Caritas-Freetown] in The History of Humanitarianism: Africa (London: Overseas Development Institute, forthcoming 2016).

“Men and Women for Others: Collaborative Learning and Innovative Assessment in Humanitarian Studies,” (co-authored with Stephanie L. Burrell Storms, Ana Marie N. Siscar, and Susan F. Martin) International Studies Perspectives Vol. 16 (May 2015): 107-126.

“Grappling with Double Manifest Failure: R2P and the Civilian Protection Conundrum,” in Kurt Mills and David Karp, eds., Protecting Human Rights: Duties and Responsibilities of State and Nonstate Actors (London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015).

“Challenges in Humanitarian Information Management and Exchange: Evidence from the Haiti Response,” (co-authored with Nezih Altay, DePaul University), Disasters Vol. 38(1) (April 2014): S50-S72.

Human Rights and Humanitarian Norms, Strategic Framing, and Intervention: Lessons for the Responsibility to Protect (London: Routledge, 2013).

“Towards a Typology of Humanitarian Access Denial,” (co-authored with Anne C. Edgerton), Third World Quarterly Vol. 34(1) (February 2013): 39-57.

“Whose Responsibility to Protect? The Implications of Double Manifest Failure for Civilian Protection,” International Journal of Human Rights Vol. 16(7) (2012): 982-1002.

“From Patronage to Peacebuilding? Elite Capture and Governance from Below in Sierra Leone,” African Affairs Vol. 111, no. 442 (2012): 90-115.

Recent ACUNS Activity 
Member, ACUNS Board of Directors, 2011-2015 (Vice Chair, 2013-2015)
Updated November, 2015