Current Multicampus Research Groups

Re-envisioning the Human: Human Rights and Humanitarianism

Human rights as a new field of faculty research, an emerging focus of graduate student training, and an element of undergraduate teaching has taken multiple forms on all of the campuses of the University of California. Building from established, though quite distinct, programs at three campuses (UCSB, UCSD and UCD) that have demonstrated the vital nature of human rights research and teaching at the University of California, the proposed Human Rights Collaboration is a research group/network that coalesces work happening on human rights throughout the UC system. Employing a series of workshops and seminars, this iteration of the MRG will explore the intersection of humanitarianism and humanity with human rights. Critically, we contend that any conversation about human rights must include the humanities and allied social sciences. Humanists bring to the study of human rights an examination of deeper questions about suffering, justice, and power that transcend established disciplines.


Co-PIs: Keith Watenpaugh, Religious Studies, Director of the Human Rights Initiative, UC Davis
and Alison Brysk, Global and International Studies, UCSB

Diane Wolf, Sociology, UC Davis
Corrie Decker, History, UC Davis
Michael Lazzara, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Davis
Andrea Dooley, Grad Student, Cultural Studies, UC Davis
Nigel Hatton, Literature, UC Merced
Cecelia Lynch, Political Science, International Studies, UC Irvine
Bronwyn Leebaw, Political Science, UC Riverside
Natasha Bennett, Grad Student, Political Science, UCSB
Heather Hurwitz, Grad Student. Sociology/Women's Studies, UCSB
Gershon Shafir, Sociology and the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies, UCSD
Ev Meade, History, UCSD
Nancy Postero, Anthropology, UCSD
Patrick Patterson, History, UCSD
Eli Elinoff, Grad Student, Anthropology, UCSD
Devin Beaulieu, Grad Student, Anthropology, UCSD
J.P. Daughton, History, Stanford University
Michelle Tusan, History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas