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Department of Political Science

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Nancy Billica

  • Nancy Billica

    Nancy Billica

Sturm Hall, Room 473
Email: n[email protected]

Areas of expertise/research interests

  • environmental policy
  • food politics
  • human rights
  • American politics

Professional biography

Nancy Billica gained some of her hands-on knowledge of politics while working as a congressional intern for U.S. Congressman Fortney H. Stark in 1982, and then as a research assistant under Sen. Alan Cranston on the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee from 1984-1987.

She received a Mellon dissertation fellowship in 1994, and a National Science Foundation doctoral dissertation grant from 1993-1995 for her dissertation, "Just Leave it to the Courts: How, When, and Why Congress Abdicates the Legislative Power."

In addition to teaching at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the University of Denver (since 2008), Billica has worked as a researcher and consultant with a number of public policy and nonprofit organizations focused on environmental, human rights, counterterrorism and health care issues.


PhD, Political Science, Harvard University, 1997
MA, Political Science, University of Arizona, 1989
BA, Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, 1982


"Impacts of 'Counterterrorism Measures' (I'CTMs') on Women's Rights Activism in Asia," a report drawing on the insights of Asian women human rights defenders, Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, January 2012.

"Philanthropy and Counterterrorism Policy: the US Case," presentation at a conference on "Counterterrorism Measures, Security and Development," Maastricht, the Netherlands, January 2008.

"Philanthropy, Counterterrorism and Global Civil Society Activism," presentation at the London School of Economics, June 2007.

"Effects of Counterterrorism Measures on International Women's Human Rights," presentation before a workshop of the International NGO Training and Research Centre, Washington, D.C., February 2007.

"Philanthropy and Post-9/11 Policy Five Years Out: Assessing the International Impacts of Counterterrorism Measures," Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, Boulder, CO, 2006.

"Philanthropy at Risk: U.S. Administrative and Legislative Proposals for Change," Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, 2005.