Human Rights Program

Affiliated Scholars



Samer Alatout

Samer Alatout
Associate Professor, Department of Community & Environmental Sociology

Research Interests: sociology and politics of science and technology; social theories of power and government biopolitics; Foucault Social theories of territory with a focus on borders, political and cultural geography; environmental policy and politics; water politics in the Middle East; environmental politics on the US/Mexico and Palestine/Israel borders; International Development and the politics of sustainability

Human Rights Courses Taught: Water Policy in International Contexts; International Development, Environment, and Sustainability; Social Theories of Power; Social Theories of Border; Local and Regional Approaches to Sustainability and Vulnerability
Araceli Alonso
Araceli Alonso
Associate Faculty, Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the School of Medicine and Public Health

Research Interests: women's health and women's rights; Founder and Director of the United Nations Award Winner Health by Motorbike (HbM), an NGO that provides medical services and health literacy to remote and isolated villages in Africa

Human Rights Courses Taught: GWS535 Global Women's Health and Human Rights; Global Health Field Experience on Human Rights and Sex Trafficking in Spain and Morocco "Sex Trafficking: Criminalized Economies of Gender and Desire"
Sumudu Atapattu
Sumudu Atapattu
Director of UW Law School Research Centers; Senior Lecturer,  UW Law School

Research Interests: international environmental law; climate change; human rights and the environment

Human Rights Courses Taught: 918 SP International Law: International Environmental Law

Ian Baird
Ian Baird
Assistant Professor of Geography

Research Interests: political ecology (mainly rural); human-environment relations; insurgencies and political opposition in mainland Southeast Asia; social movements in mainland Southeast Asia; social theory-social and spatial (re)organization; large-scale economic land concessions/acquisitions; identities and identification; boundaries and borders

Human Rights Courses Taught: Geography/Env. St. 337: Nature, Power and Society; Geography/Env. St. 557: Development and Environment in Southeast Asia
Lori DiPrete Brown
Lori Diprete Brown
Associate Director for Education and Engagement for the Global Health Institute; Director of the 4W Initiative

Research Interests: global health; vulnerable populations (especially women and children)

Human Rights Courses Taught: PHS 370 Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives; PHS 640 Foundations in Global Health Practice; PHS 644 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease; PHS 503 Public Health and Human Rights: The Case of Vulnerable Children; PHS 504 Quality Evaluation and Improvement in Low-Resource Settings; EPS 600 Education for Global Change
Alta Charo
Alta Charo
Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics

Research Interests: bioethics; emerging technology policy; drug safety; medical research; reproductive rights

Human Rights Courses Taught:
905 Bioethics & the Law; 906 Law, Science & Biotech; 940 Public Health Law
Peggy Choy
Peggy Choy
Assistant Professor, Dance Program

Research Interests: Southeast Asian studies
James Cleary
James Cleary
Associate Professor of Medicine; Palliative Care Medicine Physician; Director, Pain and Policy Studies Group, WHO Collaborating Center for Pain Policy and Palliative Care

Research Interests: global pain policy; access to pain medicines; hospice and palliative care practice and education; cancer pain relief; cancer communication; web-based communication in patient care; palliative care research in pain relief, nausea, fatigue, side effects of chemotherapy
Sarah Davis
Sarah Davis
Clinical Associate Professor, UW Law School

Research Interests:
cataloging and interpreting diverse literature on health advocacy; consumer engagement in quality improvement efforts in health systems

Human Rights Courses Taught: 768 Clinical Program: Health Advocacy & Patient-Centered Care; 769 Consumer Issues in Health Care; 935 Intro to Health Care; 940 Public Health Law Practice Workshop
Christina Ewig
Christina Ewig
Associate Professor, Departments of Gender and Women's Studies and Political Science

Research Interests:
the politics of gender and race in Latin America

Human Rights Courses Taught: 100-Freshman Topics Seminar: Rebel Women: Gender Power & Politics in Latin America; 505-The Challenge of Democratization
Jo Ellen Fair
Jo Ellen Fair
Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

Research Interests:
how images and ideas circulating through global popular culture are taken up, co-opted, localized, and used to open discourses about social change and new social practices for youth in urban centers of Africa; the relation between media and politics in Africa and elsewhere, including how journalists report on contentious national issues and how those who have experienced political trauma remember and record it
Anna M. Gade

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Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Research Interests:
global cultural, historical, and religious responses to environmental change, specializing in history, knowledge, and practices of Southeast Asia

Human Rights Courses Taught:
Religion and the Environment; Islam, Science & Technology and the Environment; Environmental Humanities in Asian Perspectives
Kramer Gillin
Kramer Gillin
Graduate Student, Department of Geography

Research Interests:
Pastoral mobility; land tenure; environmental governance; legal pluralism; Islamic law and economics; land use change; remote sensing; development; "resource conflicts"

Human Rights Courses Taught: GEOG 340 - World Regions in Global Context
Aaron Gilson

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Research Program Manager at the Pain & Policy Studies Group

Research Interests:
evaluating national and state controlled substances and healthcare practice policies; national trends in medical and non-medical use of opioid medications; knowledge and attitudes of state healthcare regulators and practitioners regarding issues of pain management; prescription drug monitoring program characteristics relating to legitimate medication use and aberrant use
Rachel Grob
Rachel Grob
Department of Family Medicine Senior Scientist; Associate Clinical Professor and Director of National Initiatives, Center for Patient Partnerships

Research Interests:
patients' experiences with health care; inclusion of patient experience measures in public reporting; how patient voice influences health policy; theory and practice of advocacy; social impact of genetics; child health
Francine Hirsch
Francine Hirsch
Professor of History

Research Interests:
Russian and Soviet history; modern European history; comparative empires

Human Rights Courses Taught: History 600-History of Idea of Human Rights; History 600-Genocide, Justice, and Postwar Human Rights
Alexandra Huneeus
Alexandra Huneeus
Associate Professor of Law

Research Interests:
public international law; comparative law; Latin America; human rights

Human Rights Courses Taught: 641 Sociology of Law; 827 International Law
Asra Husain

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Policy and Legal Analyst, University of Wisconsin Pain and Policy Studies Group

Research Interests:
international pain policy
Harvey Jacobs
Harvey Jacobs
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Research Interests:
public policy; theory and philosophy for land use and environmental management

Human Rights Courses Taught: URPL 668: Green Politics-Global Experience, American Prospects; URPL/ENVIR ST 843: Land Use Policy and Planning
Rick Keller
Rick Keller
Professor of Medical History and Bioethics

Research Interests:
history of European and colonial medicine and public health; history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis;  history of the human sciences; science and race

Human Rights Courses Taught: MHB 553: International Health and Global Society; MHB 919: Science, Technology, and Medicine in the Colonial Context

Helen Kinsella
Helen Kinsella
Associate Professor of Political Science

Research Interests:
contemporary political theory; feminist theories; international law, especially international humanitarian and human rights; armed conflict, especially gender and armed conflict

Human Rights Courses Taught:
Critical Origins of Constructivism in International Relations; Gender and Security; History and Philosophy of the Laws of War (graduate), Introduction to International Law; The Laws of War
Heinz Klug
Heinz Klug
Evjue-Bascom Professor in Law; Director, Global Legal Studies Center

Research Interests:
constitutional transitions; constitution-building; human rights; international legal regimes; natural resources

Human Rights Courses Taught: 827 International Law; 895 WI International Law Journal
Susan E. Lederer
Susan Lederer
Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics

Research Interests:
medicine and society in twentieth-century America; race, medicine, and public health;medicine and popular culture; research ethics; history of medical ethics

Human Rights Courses Taught: MHB 668: Seminar: Fat and Thin: Making American Bodies
Vijay Limaye
Vijay Limaye
Assistant Researcher, School of Medicine and Public Health

Research Interests:
global environmental health; health consequences of climate and land use change; environmental epidemiology in the United States and India
Richard Monette
Richard Monette
Professor of Law

Research Interests:
Native Americans and U.S. law, Wisconsin constitutional law; federalism, water law

Human Rights Courses Taught: 730 Federal Law & Indian Tribes; 820 Conflict of Laws; 845 Water Rights Law
Larry Nesper
Larry Nesper
Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies

Research Interests:
Great Lakes Indian law and politics; institutional development

Human Rights Courses Taught: Anthro 104-Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity; Anthro 300-Theory and Ethnography; Anthro 448-Anthropology of Law; Anthro 471-Ethnohistory of American Indian Religious and Political Movements; Anthro 940-Seminar: Law in Culture and Society
Lalita Du Perron
Lalita Du Perron
Associate Director of the Center for South Asia

Research Interests:
language; performance; gender; disability

Human Rights Courses Taught: Gender and Sexuality in South Asia
Paul Robbins
Paul Robbins
Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Research Interests:
human interactions with nature and the politics of natural resource management; conservation conflicts; urban ecology; environment and health interactions

Human Rights Courses Taught: Introduction to Environmental Studies Methods in Environmental Research
Allison Sambo
Allison Sambo
Graduate Student, International Public Affairs; Doctoral Candidate, Civil Society and Community Research

Research Interests:
international development; community-based organizations; community mobilization; economic development and civil society collective action around environmental, social, and health issues
Rachel Schwartz
Rachel Schwartz
Graduate Student, Political Science

Research Interests:
violence and state building in Central America
Sweta Shrestha
Sweta Shrestha
Education Programs Associate for the UW-Madison Global Health Institute

Research Interests:
international health; epidemiology; zoonotic and/or communicable diseases
Mark Sidel
Mark Sidel
Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law

Research Interests:
nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in the United States and in comparative perspective; civil society and the law; comparative constitutionalism, particularly in China, Vietnam, and other parts of Asia; human trafficking

Human Rights Courses Taught:
940 L&CP: Human Trafficking & Involuntary Servitude
Erica Simmons
Erica Simmons
Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Studies

Research Interests:
contentious politics, particularly in Latin America

Human Rights Courses Taught: Introduction to Contentious Politics (graduate); Contentious Politics (undergraduate); Social Movements and Revolutions in Latin America (undergraduate); The Politics of Food and Water (undergraduate)
Steve Smith
Steve Simth
UW-Madison Secretary of the Faculty
Steve Stern
Steve Stern
Professor, History

Research Interests:
Amerindian responses to colonialism; gender relations; political economy; social acquiescence and rebelliousness; memories of trauma and political violence

Human Rights Courses Taught: History 135-Comparative World History; History 241-Colonial Latin America
Scott Straus
Scott Straus
Professor, Political Science and International Studies

Research Interests:
genocide; political violence; human rights; African politics

Human Rights Courses Taught:
318-The Comparative Study of Genocide
Steph Thai
Steph Thai
Associate Professor of Law

Research Interests:
interactions between environmental and health sciences and administrative law; environmental law; food systems law; environmental justice

Human Rights Courses Taught: 848 Environmental Law; 988 SP Environmental Law: Natural Resources Law
Jolyon B. Thomas
Jolyon Thomas
A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Religious Studies

Research Interests:
religious freedom; limits of freedom; how the category of religion is defined by competing interests groups; changing conceptions of the human

Human Rights Courses Taught: Religious Studies 400: Love and Sex in Buddhism
Aili Tripp
Aili Tripp
Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women's Studies

Research Interests:
women and politics in Africa; women's movements in Africa; transnational feminism; African politics; informal economy in Africa

Human Rights Courses Taught: GWS320: Special Topics in Gender, Women, and Society; GWS325: Global Feminisms; GWS643: Women and Politics in Global Context
Alberto M. Vargas

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Associate Director of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program

Research Interests:
environmental conservation and natural resource management in Latin America; eco-development; conservation

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