K. Chad Clay, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) and an associate professor in the Department of International Affairs within the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia. His work focuses primarily on the determinants of human rights practices, collective dissent, political violence, and economic development. He has a strong research interest in the international diffusion of local outcomes, as well as the institutions, organizations, and processes that generate such diffusion.
Dr. Clay also actively involved in the measurement of human rights practices. He is the Co-Founder and Methodology Research & Design Lead for the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), co-director of the archived CIRI Human Rights Data Project, and co-Principal Investigator on the Worker Rights in Law & Practice Data Project (WorkR) and the Sub-National Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP).
He received his PhD in political science from Binghamton University in 2012.