Governance Structure and Steering Committee Members (2013-2015)

While GLS serves as the Human Rights Program's administrative home, a steering committee leds HRP. The Committee is composed of Project Leaders - Associate Dean Heinz Klug and Vice Provost Steve Stern - representatives from Title VI Centers involved in the HRP, and nominees from the four research clusters that make up the research base of the HRP. The current Steering Committee members are:


Alexandra Huneeus

Program PIs and Coordinator

  • Steve Stern
  • Heinz Klug
  • Sumudu Atapattu

Cluster nominees

  • Christina Ewig (land and water)
  • Alexandra Huneeus and Scott Straus (state and non-state violence)
  • Alberto Vargas (environment)
  • Lori Diprete Brown (health)

Area Studies

  • Lalita Du Perron (Center for South Asia)
  • Jo Ellen Fair African Studies Program)
  • Erica Simmons (LACIS)
Samer Alatout
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
Ksenija Bilbija
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  • Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Research Interests:  Cultural Studies; Gender Criticism and Post-Traumatic Memory.
Lori DiPrete Brown
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  • 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
  • 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
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  • Assistant Professor, Dance Program
  • Research Interests: Southeast Asian studies
James Cleary
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  • 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
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  • 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
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
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  • 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 the medicinal and non-medicinal 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Professor of Medical History and Bioethics
  • Research Interests: The 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
Sara Mckinnon
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  • Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts
  • Research Interests: Intercultural rhetoric, globalization/transnational studies, legal rhetoric, and transnational feminist theory

Richard Monette
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Associate Director of the Center for South Asia
  • Research Interests: language; performance; gender; disability
  • Human Rights Courses Taught: Gender and Sexuality in South Asia
Asifa Quraishi-Landes
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  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Research Interests: Islamic Constitutionalism, Comparative Constitutionalism, Legal Pluralism
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
Rachel Schwartz
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  • Graduate Student, Political Science
  • Research Interests: violence and state building in Central America
Mitra Sharafi
  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Research Interests: South Asian legal history; the history of the legal profession; the history of colonialism; the history of contract law; law and society; law and religion; law and minorities; legal consciousness; legal pluralism; and the history of science and medicine.
  • Human Rights Courses Taught: Law and Colonialism

Sweta Shrestha
  • Education Programs Associate for the UW-Madison Global Health Institute
  • Research Interests: international health; epidemiology; zoonotic and/or communicable diseases
Mark Sidel
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  • 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
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  • 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)
Karen Solheim
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  • Clinical Professor and Director of Global Health Initiatives 
  • Research Interests: Community Health Nursing; Global Health Nursing, Global Health Systems
Steve Stern
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
Aili Tripp
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  • 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 Feminism; 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
Sharon Wilcox
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  • Associate Director of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Research Interests: wildlife conservation on the U.S./Mexico border with a concern for environmental justice for multi-species communities (humans and animals). Multi-species communities, environmental justice, environmental politics on the U.S./Mexico border, human dimensions of wildlife conservation, environmental humanities, animal geography, cultural geography.

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