HRI’s leadership team and staff work closely with faculty and partners to promote justice, democracy, and human rights through education, research, outreach, and engagement.
Director, Gladstein Family Human Rights Institute
Associate Professor, Social Work & Human Rights
Kathryn Libal, Ph.D. is the director of UConn’s Gladstein Family Human Rights Institute and an associate professor of social work and human rights. Her research interests address the intersection of human rights, social welfare, and the state, with a focus on economic and social rights.
Director, Dodd Human Rights Impact Programs
Christopher J. Dodd Chair in Human Rights Practice
Professor, Literatures, Cultures, & Languages
James Waller, Ph.D., is the inaugural Christopher J. Dodd Chair in Human Rights Practice and director of the Dodd Human Rights Impact Programs for the Gladstein Family Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. In addition to his faculty appointment in the Gladstein Family Human Rights Institute, he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.