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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
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Section Officers

Bethany Barratt
Roosevelt University
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Vice Chair
Brooke Ackerly
Vanderbilt University
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Vice President Designate
Brian Greenhill
University of Albany, SUNY
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2019 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Brooke Ackerly
Vanderbilt University
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Social Media Coordinator
M. Joel Voss
University of Toledo
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Giorleny Altamirano Rayo
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Michael Struett
NC State University
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Executive Council
Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre, Arcadia University
Lucas Swaine, Dartmouth College
Karen Zivi, Grand Valley State University


Section Award

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.

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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.

Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2019

Award Committee:
Patrice McMahon, Chair
[email protected]
Department of Political Science
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
511 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0328

Bethany Barratt
Roosevelt University
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George Andreopoulos
John Jay, CUNY
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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, 2018.

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: April 1, 2019

Award Committee:

Alison Brysk, Chair 
UC Santa Barbara
[email protected] 

Best Paper Award

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

Deadline for Nominations: April 1, 2019
Award Committee:

Richard Hiskes, Chair
Grand Valley State University
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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.  This is awarded every 3 years and will not be awarded until 2020.  The committee will consist of the section chair, section vice-chair and vice chair elect.

Deadline for Nominations: April 1, 2020
Award Committee: TBA


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