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Mission Statement

The Section on the Sociology of Human Rights seeks to promote and support critical, interdisciplinary, and international engagement with human rights scholarship, teaching and practice, as well as to foster human rights approaches to the sociological enterprise. The Sociology of Human Rights is conceived broadly and inclusively as a scholarly and human pursuit of understanding the social, political, cultural, and comparative construction of human rights histories, institutions, discourses, and futures as well as the social structures, relations, and practices that will most fully support the realization of human rights in the world. The Section on the Sociology of Human Rights encourages the growth of dialogues regarding human rights as method, as epistemology, as theory, and as praxis in the sociological understanding of the world in which we live. This section will strive to bring international perspectives to the Sociology of Human Rights globally and to the United States.

The Section will facilitate these goals through the active support of and creation of structures, activities, and practices that promote: 1) the free exchange of ideas, experiences, research findings, pedagogical strategies, and best practices in the research on the sociology of human rights and the discussion of human rights within the sociological enterprise; 2) the collaborative development of resources dedicated to enhancing research, teaching, and practice of the sociology of human rights; 3) communication among members both nationally and internationally regarding events, practices, experiences, research, and teaching on the sociology of human rights; 4) the forging of linkages and relationships with sociology of human rights scholars across the globe, including community activists, grounded movements, communities, and individuals; and, 5) opportunities for the dissemination, distribution, and publication of research in the sociology of human rights across the world.

Section Officers 2015 - 2016

Chair Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut
Chair-Elect Joachim J. Savelsberg, University of Minnesota
Past Chair LaDawn Haglund, Arizona State University
Secretary/Treasurer K. Russell Shekha, Denison University 2016

Section Council

David L. Brunsma, Virginia Tech 2016
Susan Pearce, East Carolina University 2016
Wade M. Cole, University of Utah 2017
Kiyoteru Tsutsui, University of Michigan 2017
David G. Embrick, Loyola University-Chicago 2018
Lindsey P. Peterson, Mississippi State University 2018
Student Representative Anthony Justin Barnum, Dickinson College 2016
Student Representative Claudia Maria Lopez, University of California, Santa Cruz 2016
Student Representative Jennifer Ann Cheek, Mississippi State University 2018

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