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.
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Vice President Designate
University of Albany, SUNY
2019 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Social Media Coordinator
M. Joel Voss
University of Toledo
Giorleny Altamirano Rayo
NC State University
Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre, Arcadia University
Lucas Swaine, Dartmouth College
Karen Zivi, Grand Valley State University
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 prior calendar year. Please send one copy of the book to each member of the award committee.
Deadline for nominations: April 15, 2019
Professor Alison Dundes Renteln
University of Southern California
Department of Political Science
3518 Trousdale Parkway, VKC 327
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0044
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Chair
Prof. George Andreopoulos
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York
524 West 59th Street, Suite 603.08 BMW
New York, N.Y. 10019
Dr Bethany Barratt
430 S Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60605
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: May 15, 2019
University of California at Santa Barbara, Chair
University of North Texas
Best Paper Award
This award recognizes the best paper presented on a Human Rights Section Panel at the APSA Annual Meeting.
Deadline for Nominations: March 1, 2019
SUNY Albany, Chair
University of Connecticut
Grand Valley State University
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