HRI Joint Faculty
Director of Graduate Certificate in Human Rights
Gladstein Committee Member
Economic & Social Rights Group Member
Shareen Hertel is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. She holds a doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University (2003). Hertel is author of Unexpected Power: Conflict and Change Among Transnational Activists (Cornell 2006) and co-editor with Lanse P. Minkler of Economic Rights: Conceptual, Measurement and Policy Issues (Cambridge 2007). She has published in, among others, Political Science Quarterly, Polity, International Studies Review, Global Governance, Human Rights Review, and Journal of Latin American Studies. Hertel has served as a consultant to foundations, nongovernmental organizations, and United Nations agencies in the United States, Latin America and South Asia.
Assistant Professor, Joint Hire Sociology & Human Rights
Gladstein Committee Member
Elizabeth Holzer joined the University of Connecticut in the Fall 2010 after completing her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin. In her research, she seeks to understand how and with what consequences people re-engage with politics in situations of violence and instability. She is especially concerned with the interplay between interpretive processes (like the regulation of political fear) and structural dimensions (like the distribution of authority) and how external actors like a humanitarian agency can moderate these dynamics. She is currently working on two research projects. The first project explores social protest and repression in exile with fieldwork in Liberian refugee camp in Ghana. The second explores political engagement in postconflict settings. Professor Holzer has received support for her research from the National Science Foundation and the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation.
Assistant Professor, Joint Hire Philosophy & Human Rights
Suzy Killmister joined the University of Connecticut in the Fall of 2013. She completed her doctorate at the University of Melbourne in 2010, after which she worked at Massey University in New Zealand. She is particularly interested in the relationship between minorities and the liberal state. One strand of this research focuses on philosophical justifications for minority and group rights, and what relationship they might bear to human rights. The other strand focuses on the concept of autonomy and its role in political philosophy, in particular what kinds of obligations states might have to protect and/or promote citizens' autonomy. She is currently teaching a course on the philosophical foundations of human rights, and one on collective and Indigenous rights..
Professor of Law, Joint Hire Law & Human Rights
Molly Land joined the UConn Law faculty in 2013. Drawing on her human rights expertise and background as an intellectual property litigator, Professor Land’s scholarship focuses on the effect of new technologies on human rights fact-finding, advocacy, and enforcement, as well as the role of human rights norms and framing strategies in organizing around human rights issues. Her current work explores the extent to which human rights law can provide a foundation for claims of access to the Internet as well as the opportunities and challenges for using new technologies to achieve human rights objectives. Professor Land’s articles have been published in the Yale, Harvard, and Michigan journals of international law, among other places, and she was the primary author on a recent report for the World Bank on the role of new technologies in promoting human rights.
Assistant Professor, Joint Hire Economics & Human Rights
Nishith Prakash joined the University of Connecticut in Spring 2012 after completing his doctorate at the University of Houston, Texas and working as a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University from July 2010 till December 2011. His primary research interests include development, labor, public policy, and health economics. One line of his work focuses on understanding the effects of affirmative action policies in India on labor market outcomes, child labor and poverty. His other work has examined topics such as the returns to English-language skills in India, effects of corruption, nutrition and child development in India, and evaluation of welfare and behavioral impacts of Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) in Kenya. Professor Prakash’s research uses experimental and quasi-experimental econometric techniques to obtain estimates with causal interpretations. He has experience conducting surveys in developing countries and working with large scale observational and administrative data sets. He is also a Research Fellow at Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and Member of Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE-SPAIN). Professor Prakash maintains a blog about his research and teaching interests at: https://sites.google.com/site/nishithprakash1978/home.
Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic & Social Rights
David Richards is Associate Professor, Joint Hire Political Science & Human Rights
Gladstein Committee Member
Co-Director of the Economic & Social Rights Group Member
David Richards is Co-Director of the CIRI Human Rights Data Project (http://www.humanrightsdata.org), which annually rates the level of government respect for 15 internationally-recognized human rights in 195 countries. He has published research studying government respect for human rights, broadly defined, in a number of journals and books. He is currently writing two books: one (with Jillenne Haglund) is a global study of violence against women, and the other is a human rights textbook. His work has been funded multiple times by The National Science Foundation and The World Bank, among others.
Luis van Isschot
Assistant Professor, Joint Hire in History & Human Rights
Luis van Isschot joined the University of Connecticut in the Fall of 2012. He completed his doctorate at McGill University in Montreal in 2010, after which he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research concerns the emergence of human rights movements during the Cold War period in Latin America. His first book project is focused on social movement responses to political violence in the Colombian oil enclave of Barrancabermeja, with special concern for human rights activism as a response to paramilitary violence since the early 1980s. His current research is focused on the impact of international justice in countries that have experienced armed conflict, including Colombia, Peru and Guatemala. In 2012 he conducted research at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica. He has previously worked for human rights organizations in North America, Latin America and Africa, and carried out investigations into the security concerns of human rights defenders in conflict zones. He is currently teaching courses on human rights in Latin America, as well as Latin American colonial history.
Assistant Professor in Residence, at the Human Rights Institute
Glenn Mitoma has been at the University of Connecticut since 2008, after completing his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University, first as a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Research Program in Humanitarianism and now as an Assistant Professor in Residence at the Human Rights Institute. Glenn’s research focuses on the twentieth century history of human rights and his forthcoming book Human Rights and the Negotiation of American Power examines the link between the coincident mid-twentieth century ascendancies of the U.S. as the preeminent global power and human rights as the most compelling global ethic. His current project is a biography of the Lebanese philosopher and diplomat—and prominent UDHR author—Charles H. Malik. Glenn also teaches a variety of courses in the Human Rights Major and Minor, including Introduction to Human Rights, History of Human Rights, Human Rights Through Film, and the History of Humanitarianism.