2010-2015 Faculty Fellowship (Archived)


In 2006 the Human Rights Institute announced a one semester Human Rights Institute Fellowship for tenure track faculty.  The objective of this competition was to support and promote faculty research projects on human rights and to facilitate the writing of external grant proposals. The Fellowship was open to all tenure track faculty in all disciplines at Storrs and regional University of Connecticut campuses.
2014-2015 Human Rights Institute Fellow: Elizabeth Holzer

Professor Holzer used the fellowship period to develop her research project on water, science and human rights in Ethiopia. During the fellowship period, she co-lead with Manos Anagnostou, Paul Block, Yang Hong, and Liangzhi You a grant proposal entitled “Taming Water in Ethiopia.” The National Science Foundation awarded $4.3M to the proposal through the highly competitive Program for International Research Exchange competition in August. The project promotes a political-institutional model of science that links sociological and engineering methods in a people-centered, rights-based approach to the human-climate-agricultural nexus. In addition, she completed her book, The Concerned Women of Buduburam: Refugee Activists and Humanitarian Dilemmas (Cornell University Press, 2015), which came out in September.

2012-2013 Human Rights Institute Fellow: David Richards

David L. Richards, Political Science and Human Rights, Faculty Page

David’s work is focused primarily on government respect for human rights. One of his primary interests is human rights measurement, and he is Co-Director of the CIRI Human Rights Data Project (www.humanrightsdata.org), which annually rates government respect for 15 internationally-recognized human rights in 195 countries. He also has an interest in the psychology of torture, and has a forthcoming article (with Mandy Morrill and Mary Anderson) in the Nordic Journal of Human Rights that examines the psychological roots of US Citizens’ attitudes towards torture techniques.

David’s current projects-in-progress include two books: a human rights textbook for CQ Press, and a book (with Jillienne Haglund) on the strength and evolution of domestic legal guarantees relating to five forms of violence against women, worldwide, for Paradigm Publishers. It is the latter manuscript on which David worked on during his fellowship during the fall 2012 semester.

2011-2012 Human Rights Institute Fellow: Sarah Winter

Sarah Winter, English, Faculty Page

During her Human Rights Institute Faculty Fellowship semester, Spring 2012, Professor Winter will be working on her book titled “The Novel, Habeas Corpus, and Human Rights”. Her project will delineate an important early phase in the recurrent conflict between the human rights of political prisoners and the sovereign prerogatives of nation states. The book uncovers a pivotal historical relationship between habeas corpus jurisprudence and the narrative representation of human rights, delineating the ways that a set of influential nineteenth-century English novels correlated the principles of universal human rights articulated in the United States Declaration of Independence (1776) and the French National Assembly’s Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen (1789) with the widespread reputation in Britain of the “Great Writ of Habeas Corpus” as “the Palladium of Liberty.” She examined how the political prisoner came to embody the abstract bearer of human rights starting in the early decades following the French Revolution, a time when universal human equality was a rather new concept that provoked both utopian aspirations and political fears. Because political prisoners’ experiences were often not accessible to the public, imaginative literature played a key role in elevating the fates of dissidents into galvanizing political causes. “The Novel, Habeas Corpus, and Human Rights” will also refocus recent historiography on the emergence of human rights by exploring the ways that habeas corpus jurisprudence, during this formative period of political declarations of the “rights of man,” provided a working judicial procedure to extrapolate from the legal rights of subjects and citizens to universal human rights.

2010-2011 Human Rights Institute: Samuel Martinez

Samuel Martinez, Anthropology, Faculty Page

Samuel Martínez is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Caribbean and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut Storrs. He is the author of two ethnographic monographs, Peripheral Migrants (1995, U Tennessee P) and Decency and Excess (2007, Paradigm Pub) and several peer-reviewed articles on the migration and labor and minority rights of Haitian nationals and people of Haitian ancestry in the Dominican Republic. A contributory volume that he edited, International Migration and Human Rights, has recently been published in simultaneous paper and free-of-charge Web editions by the University of California Press.

During his Human Rights Faculty Fellowship semester (Spring 2011), he worked on preliminary stages of a project examining the texts and contexts of the stories that are being told about slavery today via the narrative portions of scholarly, journalistic, activist, and creative fictional texts, photo-essays and films.