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Human Rights (Section 36)

The Section on Human Rights was established to encourage scholarship and facilitate exchange of data and research findings on all components of human rights (e.g., civil, political, economic, social, cultural, environmental), their relationship, determinants and consequences of human rights policies, structure and influence of human rights organizations, development, implementation, and impact on international conventions, and changes in the international human rights regime.

Founded: 2000
Yearly membership dues: $4.00 for students and $10.00 for other members.
Website: http://apsahumanrightssection.blogspot.com/
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Section Officers

Vice Chair
Rhonda Callaway
Sam Houston State University
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Vice Chair Designate
Bethany Barratt
Roosevelt University
[email protected]

2017 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Rhonda Callaway
Sam Houston State University
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Secretary
Jenifer Whitten-Woodring
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
[email protected]

Treasurer
Brian Greenhill
Dartmouth College
University of Texas at Arlington [email protected]

Newsletter/Website
Courtney Hillebrecht
Dartmouth College
University of Nebraska, Lincoln [email protected]

Executive Council
Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre
Arcadia University

Mikyoung Kim
Hiroshima-City University
Hiroshima Peace Institute

Patrice McMahon
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Section Awards

The Human Rights Section offers annual awards for Best Paper, Best Dissertation, Best Book, and Distinguished Scholar in Human Rights. Nominations should be submitted to all members of a committee, with a cover letter summarizing the contribution to human rights scholarship and supporting material of the paper, dissertation, book, or c.v. of the nominee. Supporting material may be attached in electronic form for best paper, electronic or hard copy for best dissertation, but best book nominations must be mailed to committee members (please consult them for preferred mailing address). The deadline for award nominations is March 1st.

All section 36. Human Rights awards to-date »

Best Book Award

This competition is open to all books on human rights written by a political scientist and published in the previous two years. Please send one copy of the book to each member of the award committee.

Previous recipients »

Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2017
Award Committee: TBA

Zehra Arat
Oak Hall 429
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269

Bethany Barratt
Roosevelt University
430 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Patrice McMahon
Department of Political Science
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
511 oldfather hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0328

Best Dissertation Award

Copies of the dissertation and a letter of support (less than 1000 words) from the dissertation chair outlining the contributions of the dissertation to the field of human rights should be received by the committee by May 15.

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Nomination Instructions: Copies of the nominated dissertation and a letter of support from the dissertation Chair, which should specify the contribution of the work to the field of human rights within no more than 1000 words, should be received by members of the Dissertation Award Committee.

Deadline for Nominations: May 15, 2017
Award Committee:

Alison Brysk (UC Santa Barbara)
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Mikyoung Kim (Hiroshima Peace Institute),
[email protected]; [email protected]

Jamie Mayerfeld (University of Washington),
[email protected]

Best Paper Award

This award recognizes the best paper presented on a Human Rights Section Panel at the APSA Annual Meeting.

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Deadline for Nominations: May 15, 2017
Award Committee:

Michael Goodhart (University of Pittsburgh),
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Shareen Hertel (University of Connecticut),
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Richard Hiskes (Grand Valley State University),
[email protected]

Distinguished Scholar Award

This award recognizes an individual who has worked in the field of human rights and made an exceptional contribution to the field through research, teaching and mentorship.

Previous recipients »

Deadline for Nominations: April 1, 2017
Award Committee: TBA

Carol Gould (Section Chair)
CUNY Graduate School
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Rhonda Callaway (Section Vice Chair) Sam Houston State University
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Bethany Barratt (Section Vice Chair Designate)
Roosevelt University
[email protected]

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