Katerina Linos' research and teaching interests include international law, comparative law, European Union law, employment law, and health care law. To address questions in these fields, her work combines legal analysis with empirical methods.
Her recent research examines why law reforms and policy innovations spread around the world in waves. The conventional wisdom focuses on international elites and technocratic networks. Linos’ new book, The Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion: How Health, Family, and Employment Laws Spread Across Countries (Oxford University Press, 2013), emphasizes a different set of actors: ordinary citizens and elected politicians. Democratic Foundations won the 2014 Chadwick Alger prize as the best book on international organization and multilateralism, the 2014 Giovanni Sartori prize as the best book on qualitative methods, was reviewed by nine international law professors for an Opinio Juris symposium, and was selected among the best books of 2013 on Western Europe by Foreign Affairs.
Linos has also published many articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the California Law Review, Comparative Political Studies, the European Sociological Review, the Journal of European Public Policy, and the Yale Journal of International Law. She is an assistant Professor at Berkeley Law. She holds a JD and PhD from Harvard, and was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.