Department of Political Science


Dr Anna Oltman

Anna Oltman
Lecturer in Human Rights
Room: 3.07, 36-38 Gordon Sq.
Email: a.oltman@ucl.ac.uk



Dr Oltman is a lecturer and researcher in international human rights with a focus on the politics of refugees and asylum. She completed her doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2020, where she taught courses on human rights, international relations, and American foreign policy. She has worked with several refugee resettlement agencies in the US, including Church World Service and Lutheran Refugee Services, and is a committed advocate for displaced people and migrants regardless of immigration status.


Dr Oltman research is on the institutional and political sources of compliance with international human rights agreements. Her current project focuses on the individualized systems through which countries process claims to asylum, what are known as “Refugee Status Determination” procedures, and the shortcomings of individual rights claims for providing protection to vulnerable migrant communities. In related research, she investigates the use of migrant classifications as a tool of foreign policy. In addition, she is presently researching the impact of gendered conceptions of political violence on the provision of asylum for victims of gender-based or sexual violence (GBSV) in the United States.

  • “The Foreign Policy of Immigration.” With Jonathan Renshon. 2017. Oxford Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis. Ed. Cameron Thies, Patrick Haney, Sebastian Harnisch, Juliet Kaarbo, Kai Oppermann, and Atsushi Tago.
  • See Dr Oltman's website for working papers, future publications, and commentary.
  • Dr Oltman teaches two modules on the politics of human rights: “Human Rights: Politics & Practice” (PG) and “Human Rights and World Politics” (UG).
  • Dr Oltman looks forward to supervising PhD students conducting research on human rights, migration, and queer politics.