Richard A. Wilson is the Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights, Professor of Anthropology and Law and Founding Director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, which he established in 2003.
Richard A. Wilson obtained his BSc. and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and prior to joining the Connecticut Faculty, he held faculty positions at the University of Essex and the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Focusing on international human rights, truth commissions and international criminal tribunals, he has drawn upon anthropological and empirical approaches to understand the ways in which national and international legal institutions write historical accounts of human rights violations and pursue reconciliation.
Wilson is the author or editor of ten books on the anthropology of law, human rights and humanitarianism, including The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa (2001), Culture and Rights (2001), and Writing History in International Criminal Trials (2011) which was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book. His forthcoming book, Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes (Cambridge, UP, 2017), examines how international tribunals have sought to hold public figures criminally liable for inciting genocide and instigating crimes against humanity.
Wilson teaches courses in , Law Culture and Society, Contemporary Debates in Human Rights and Post-Conflict Justice. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Oslo, the New School for Social Research, and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study-Princeton and the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 2009-2013, he served as chair of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights during which time the Committee focused on the achievement gap in Connecticut schools and racial profiling in traffic stops.
In 2017-18, he will be a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation developing a risk assessment model to identify the types of hate speech and inciting speech most likely to lead to violence.
Gladstein Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and Founding Director of HRI