The Gladstein Committee & Chair


The Gladstein Committee advises the Director of the Human Rights Institute on a variety of matters, including faculty hiring, overall policy and direction, grant initiatives. It oversees the Human Rights Minor and Major, and its subcommittees review applications for funding from UConn faculty and students in teaching and research.

Committee Members

Zehra Arat,                                                                       
Political Science

Jon Bauer,                                                                       

Cesar E. Abadia-Barrero,
Human Rights and Anthropology

Megan Berthold,
Social Work

Paul Bloomfield,

Richard Brown,
History, Emeritus

Audrey Chapman,
Health Center

Greg Colati,
Area Head-University Libraries,
Dodd Center

Eleni Coundouriotis,

Tom Deans,

Manisha Desai,
Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies
Department Head

Gary English,
Dramatic Arts

Lynne Healy,
Social Work, Emeritus

Shareen Hertel,
Human Rights and Political Science

Elizabeth Holzer,
Human Rights and Sociology

Caroline Kaeb,
Human Rights and Business

Suzy Killmister,
Human Rights and Philosophy

Mark Kohan,

Henry Krisch,
Political Science, Emeritus

Molly Land,
Associate Director, Human Rights Institute
Human Rights and Law School

Kathy Libal,
Director, Human Rights Institute
and Social Work

Samuel Martinez,
Anthropology and El Instituto

Alanson Minkler, Emeritus

Glenn Mitoma,
Human Rights and Education

Mark Overmyer-Velazquez,

Stephen Park,

Nishith Prakash,
Human Rights and Economics

Susan Randolph, Emeritus

David Richards,
Human Rights and Political Science

Graham Stinnet,
Curator of Human Rights Collection and Alternative Press Collections,
Dodd Research Center

Lynne Tirrell,

Fiona Vernal,

Katharina von Hammerstein,
Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Thomas Weinland,
Education, Emeritus

Sarah Willen,

Richard A. Wilson,
Founding Director, Human Rights Institute,
Law and Anthroplogy

Sebastian Wogenstein,
Literatures, Cultures and Languages

Ernie Zirakzadeh
Political Science


Gladstein Chair in Human Rights and Founding Director
Wilson Richard A. Wilson is the Gladstein 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 teaches courses in 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. Presently, he serves as chair of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.His books include Maya Resurgence in Guatemala(1995) and The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa (2001) and a number of edited or co-edited volumes, including Human Rights, Culture and Context (1997), Culture and Rights (2001), Human Rights and the ‘War on Terror’ (2005) and Humanitarianism and Suffering: the Mobilization of Empathy (2008). During his National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship year, he completed his latest book, Writing History in International Criminal Trials, published in 2011 with Cambridge University Press.Presently he is starting a new research project on the international criminal law of incitement and propaganda.  He is using J.L. Austin’s theory of speech acts to evaluate the recent judgments of international tribunals ( e.g., Bikindi, Nahimana at the ICTR) that assert a causal connection between speech acts and crimes against humanity and genocide.
Gladstein Chair in Human Rights and Founding Director HRI