The International Shaming Events Initiative (ISEI)

Research Goal

Why do countries talk about each other’s human rights practices? What rhetorical strategies do they use to shame others? How does the definition of human rights differ across countries, and what are its implications to the rule-based international order? Accurately describing country-to-country verbal interaction is the first step to answering these questions.


  • Data collection for US shaming is at its final stage.
  • We’re recruiting undergraduate researchers for the ‘23-‘24 AY on a semester basis! Job Posting


Current Members

  • Jiwon Kim (Project Lead)
  • Taoshu Ren (Feb 2022 - current, Head RA)

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This research has been supported by undergraduate reserach credit course (POLS399R), Graduate Research Grant from Emory Political Science Department, and Computational Social Science Datathon.


I thank Prodigy for providing academic license for this project.

Former Members

  • Sarah Qadir (2020 Fall)
  • Joanne Choi (2021 Spring)
  • Sandy Gonzalez (2021 Spring)
  • Anika Kapur (Jan - Jul 2022, coder)
  • Karina Nehra (Jan - Jul 2022, coder)
  • Celline Kim (Jan 2022 - May 2023, coder)