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Our Team


The Human Rights Institute is led by Kathryn Libal, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Human Rights Institute. The Institute has a unique model of joint faculty appointments with the departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy and the Schools of Business and Law and Social Work. The Institute currently has eleven joint hires.

The leadership team is structured around three research groups, each with a Faculty Director: Economic and Social Rights directed by Shareen Hertel (Political Science) and Susan Randolph (Economics), Humanitarianism led by Sarah Winter (English) and Global Health and Human Rights directed by Sarah Willen (Anthropology).

The undergraduate program is led by Samuel Martinez (Anthropology and El Instituto) and graduate education is coordinated by Katharina von Hammerstein (CLAS), Molly Land (School of Law), and Megan Berthold (School of Social Work).

Our team is supported by Program Administrator, Rachel Jackson, and Program Assistant, Lyndsay Nalbandian. The Institute is guided with the assistance of the Gladstein Committee on Human Rights and the Institute’s Board of Overseers.

HRI Leadership
Institute Staff
Joint Faculty
Visiting Faculty
Affiliated Faculty
The Gladstein Committee & Chair
Research Affiliates
Board of Overseers