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Welcome to the Journal of Human Rights

The Journal of Human Rights seeks to broaden the study of human rights by fostering the critical re-examination of existing approaches to human rights, as well as developing new perspectives on the theory and practice of human rights. The journal aims to meet a globally growing interest in the study and practice of human rights by serving as an arena for the public discussion and scholarly analysis of human rights, broadly conceived.

Because the Journal is committed to theoretical and ideological diversity in the study of human rights, the editor welcomes papers from scholars and disciplines traditionally associated with the study of human rights as well as papers from those in other disciplines or fields of inquiry which have traditionally been under-represented in the field.

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Editorial Team

Shareen Hertel
University of Connecticut

Richard P. Hiskes
Grand Valley State University
Associate Editor

Thomas Cushman
Wellesley College
Founder and Editor-at-Large

Catherine Buerger
University of Connecticut
Managing Editor

Glenn Mitoma
University of Connecticut
Book Review Editor

Special Issue News

Special Issue 18.3: Special Issue on Human Rights Education, Guest Edited by Professors Sarita Cargas and Glenn Mitoma (Open access through 11/30/19)

This special issue takes up the question of human rights in higher education through a series of specific inquiries into how human rights education (HRE) is manifest in different kinds of academic and professional programs.

  • Mitoma, Glenn and Sarita Cargas - "Introduction to the Special Issue on Human Rights in Higher Education."
  • Simmons, William. “Problem-Based Learning beyond Borders: Impact and Potential for University-Level Human Rights Education”
  • Cargas, Sarita. “Fortifying the Future of Human Rights with Human Rights Education.”
  • McPherson, Jane and Kathy Libal “Human Rights Education in U.S. Social Work: Is the Mandate Reaching the Field?”
  • Sirota, Sandra. “From the Curriculum to the Classroom: The Urgent Need for Pre-Service Human Rights Education Teacher Training in the United States.”
  • Atkinson, Holly. “Preparing Physicians to Contend with the Problem of Dual Loyalty”
  • Sirota, Sandra.  Review of Restoring Dignity: Human Rights Education in Action by Maria Hantzopoulos Bringing Human Rights Education to US Classrooms: Exemplary Models from Elementary Grades to University  by Susan Katz and Andrea Spero and Human Rights and Schooling: An Ethical Framework for Teaching for Social Justice by Audrey Osler

The entire issue is free to access until the end of November. Access the articles here.

Issue 15.2 Introducing the JHR Quantitative Dataverse

With issue 15.2, JHR introduces a new tool aimed at advancing quantitative human rights scholarship: the launch of an online portal (hosted through Harvard Dataverse) featuring all datasets associated with articles of this nature published in JHR. Dr. Benjamin Carbonetti (former Managing Editor, JHR and now data consultant to the journal) explains the origins of this project along with JHR’s new policy requiring authors who employ quantitative data and regression modeling techniques in their articles to also submit a replication file and description of the data to portal. You can access the Dataverse site here: https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/jhr, and you can read more about this exciting new development in Carbonetti’s piece “Research data and methods policy update for the Journal of Human Rights,” freely available here. Notably, these changes do not affect the submission of qualitatively-oriented work and JHR indeed remains committed to maintaining the interdisciplinary and mixed-methods nature of the journal as well as to encouraging scholarly collaboration across fields, approaches and policy areas.

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Free Content

In conjunction with the 2018 American Political Science Association conference, the Journal of Human Rights has compiled an Editor’s Choice article collection focusing on this year’s conference theme, Democracy and its Discontents. Enjoy free access to the articles until 31 October 2018.

News and Updates

Read Shareen Hertel's piece, "Taking Action in Challenging Times for Human Rights." 

Read David Forsythe's piece "Hard Times for Human Rights," which references his review essay (published in JHR in issue 16.2) on  OpenGlobalRights