Human Rights Research and Data Hub

The Human Rights Research and Data Hub (HuRRD) seeks to advance human rights research at UConn by supporting faculty and student projects and providing students the opportunity to develop research and data analysis skills that will advance their careers after graduation. Our work includes: 

  • Providing start-up funding for new research projects on a competitive basis to enhance the capacity of faculty to secure external grants
  • Supporting long-standing signature projects, including the award-winning Socioeconomic Rights Fulfillment (SERF) Index and other data collection projects designed to fill critical gaps in the observation and measurement of human rights phenomena
  • Convening workshops and seminars to facilitate discussion and feedback on ongoing projects
  • Engaging in a variety of forms of outreach to amplify awareness of Hub-affiliated projects and communicate the lessons drawn from the research to the policymakers and the public

Supporting Human Rights Practice

HuRRD is central to HRI’s focus on bridging scholarship and practice. With faculty based in departments across the social sciences, humanities, STEM fields, business, and more, we offer an unparalleled interdisciplinary approach to human rights scholarship and aim to:

  • Make our research legible to the public and project data broadly accessible
  • Communicate key implications to inform evidence-based policy and program design
  • Facilitate and support research collaborations across disciplines to bring the variety of complementary perspectives and methodological approaches to bear on critical human rights issues 

HuRRD for Students

Students engage with HuRRD through human rights research courses and/or paid research positions. Our curated research courses are designed to train students in empirical research design, data analysis and visualization, and the analytical skills to answer important questions through interpreting evidence from a variety of data sources. By involving students centrally in the research process, the Hub contributes to developing the next generation of human rights scholars and practitioners by offering valuable training in advanced data analysis and research methods, hands-on experience, networking, and publishing opportunities – all of which enhance career prospects and potential for advancement long after graduation. 

Our People


Michael Rubin

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


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César Abadía-Barrero

Director of Undergraduate Programs, Human Rights Institute
Associate Professor, Anthropology & Human Rights

Davis Chacon Hurtado

Assistant Research Professor, Human Rights Institute

Susan Randolph

Susan Randolph

Emerita Professor, Economics

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David Richards

Associate Professor, Political Science & Human Rights

Michael Rubin

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

Cory Runstedler

Graduate Assistant

Christopher Shay

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Human Rights Research and Data Hub