Research Program on Economic & Social Rights

The Research Program on Economic and Social Rights brings more than a dozen UConn faculty together with over 30 affiliated scholars from across the United States and Canada. Together, we have generated numerous graduate and undergraduate courses, several edited volumes, multiple co-authored articles, and the National Science Foundation-funded Socio-Economic Rights Fulfillment Index (SERF Index).

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Economic & Social Rights Group (ESRG)

The centerpiece of our program is the ESRG, an interdisciplinary monthly gathering of faculty and graduate students who meet to share ongoing research and to discuss current scholarship around economic and social rights. In addition to monthly meetings, we produce the Economic Rights Working Paper Series, hold an annual thematically-oriented, one-day workshop with our affiliated members, and host an annual public lecture by a leading figure in the field. Past speakers include Philip Alston and Immanuel Wallerstein.

Economic Rights Working Paper Series

The purpose of the series is to foster and promote research in the re-emerging area of economic rights. The series aims to be the clearinghouse for research in economic rights. It will be continuously updated. Typically, working papers in the series represent work in progress on any topic of economic rights and from any field. Published articles may also be included as a convenient way for scholars to access up-to-date research in their area of interest. In all cases the copyrights for the papers included in the series remain with the author or, if previously published, with the author and/or publisher. Those interested in submitting papers to the series should contact Derek Johnson at


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UConn’s Human Rights Institute has steadily built a Program on Economic & Social Rights that influences global scholarly and policy work on issue of poverty, inequality, environmental justice, and other challenges at the heart of human wellbeing.

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Our People


Shareen Hertel

Shareen Hertel

Director, Research Program on Economic & Social Rights
Professor, Political Science & Human Rights

Affiliate Members

Meet Our Affiliates

Catherine Albisa
National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
Constitutional and Human Rights Law

Radhika Balakrishnan
Rutgers University
Gender; Development; Budgetary Analysis

Kristy A. Belton
International Studies Association
Economic Rights

Salil Benegal
DePauw University
Environmental Rights; Inequality

Catherine Buerger
Dangerous Speech Project
Human Rights Education; Activism

Benjamin Carbonetti
Trinity College
State Capacity; Repression

Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak
West Chester University
Burnout; Human Rights Education

Chad Clay
University of Georgia
Labor Rights; Human Rights Measurement

Allison Corkery
Center for Economic & Social Rights
Economic and Social Rights; Methodology

Diane F. Frey
San Francisco State University
International Labor Standards; Right to Decent Work; Union Rights

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
The New School
Human Rights Measurement; Global Financing

Michael Goodhart
University of Pittsburgh
Democracy; Globalization

Mark Gibney
University of North Carolina- Asheville
Extraterritorial Obligations

Philip Harvey
Rutgers University
Right to Employment; Labor Rights

Patrick Heidkamp
Southern Connecticut State University
Economic Geography; Globalization

Richard Hiskes
Grand Valley State University
Economic Rights; Environmental Rights

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann
Wilfrid Laurier University
Right to Food; Economic Rights

Chris Jeffords
Villanova University
Environmental Human Rights; Environmental Economics

Elizabeth Kaletski
Ithaca College
Economic Development; Labor Rights; Child Labor

Konstantinos (Kostas) Koutsioumpas
University of Massachusetts Boston
Right to Sport; Physical Activity and Play

Gillian MacNaughton
Social and Economic Rights Associates
Right to Health; Right to Decent Work

Brendan Mark
University of Rhode Island
Political Economy; Collective Dissent

Leslie Marshall
University of Pittsburgh Center for Sustainable Business
Corporate Social Responsibility

Ken Neubeck
UConn Emeritus
Economic Rights; Welfare Policies

Christopher Raymond
Cornell University
Labor Rights; Freedom of Association

Sanjay Reddy
The New School
Political Economy; Development

Ana María Sánchez Rodríguez
Maynooth University
Discrimination; International Development

Lea Shaver
Indiana University McKinney School of Law
Right to Science and Culture

Shawna Sweeney
Women’s Economic Rights; Measurement

Corinne Tagliarina
Utica College
Right to Water, Laws and Policy

Rachel Wahl
University of Virginia Curry School of Education
Human Rights Education

Daniel J. Whelan
Hendrix College
History of Human Rights

Inga Winkler
Central European University, Department of Legal Studies
Global Justice; Right to Sanitation

Katharine G. Young
Boston College
Comparative Constitutional Law; Judicial Review

Christian Zimmermann
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Redistribution; Unemployment


Imge Akaslan

Imge Akaslan

Graduate Assistant

Oksan Bayulgen

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Political Science
Associate Professor, Political Science

robert bird

Robert Bird

Professor, Business Law
Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics
Research Fellow, School of Law

Davis Chacon Hurtado

Davis Chacon Hurtado

Assistant Research Professor, Human Rights Institute

Audrey Chapman

Professor, Public Health Sciences

Lynn Healy

Lynne Healey

Emeritus Professor, Social Work

Shareen Hertel

Shareen Hertel

Director, Research Program on Economic & Social Rights
Professor, Political Science & Human Rights

Blair Johnson

Blair Johnson

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Psychology

Derek Johnson

Senior Lecturer in Residence, Economics

molly land

Molly Land

Graduate Certificate Coordinator, School of Law
Catherine Roraback Professor of Law
Professor, Human Rights

Kathryn Libal

Kathryn Libal

Director, Human Rights Institute
Associate Professor, Social Work & Human Rights

Alanson Minkler

Emeritus Professor, Economics

Stephen Park

Co-Director, Business and Human Rights Initiative
Associate Professor, Business Law

Nishith Prakash

Nishith Prakash

Associate Professor, Economics & Human Rights

Susan Randolph

Susan Randolph

Emerita Professor, Economics

Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin

Director, Human Rights Research and Data Hub
Assistant Research Professor, Human Rights, Engineering & Business

Lyle Scruggs

Professor, Political Science

Alyssa Webb

Alyssa Webb

Educational Program Coordinator, Human Rights Institute