updated August 13, 2018


Advising Faculty


1.     Thomas Keenan - Literature (director) (leave of absence fall ’18)

2.     Peter Rosenblum - Human Rights (director fall ’18) (leave of absence spring ‘19)

3.     Roger Berkowitz - Political Studies

4.     Ian Buruma - Human Rights (LOA fall ‘18)

5.     Nicole Caso - Spanish

6.     Christian Crouch - History

7.     Mark Danner - Human Rights (fall only)

8.     Omar G. Encarnaciσn - Political Studies (on sabbatical fall ‘18)

9.     Helen Epstein – Social Studies

10.   Tabetha Ewing - History

11.   Nurrudin Farah – Literature (fall only)

12.   Laura Kunreuther - Anthropology

13.   Tiona Nekkia McClodden - Art

14.   Susan Merriam - Art History

15.   Gregory B. Moynahan – History

16.   Michelle Murray – Political Studies (LOA fall ‘18)

17.   Gilles Peress - Photography/Human Rights (spring only)

18.   Dina Ramadan - Arabic (teaching in Berlin fall ‘18)

19.   Chiara Ricciardone – Human Rights

20.   John Ryle - Human Rights

21.   Adam Shatz – Human Rights

22.   Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins – Anthropology

23.   Drew Thompson – History

24.   Eric Trudel – French

25.   Robert Weston - Human Rights

26.   Micah White – Human Rights

27.   Ruth Zisman – Philosophy


Human Rights is a transdisciplinary program that spans the arts, social studies, the sciences, and literature. The program offers courses that explore fundamental theoretical questions, historical and empirical issues within the disciplines, and practical and legal strategies of human rights advocacy. Students are encouraged to treat human rights as an intellectual question, challenge human rights orthodoxies, and think critically about human rights as a discourse rather than merely training for it as a profession.


Program Requirements


Students moderate into the Human Rights Program alone or in combination with another program (usually through a joint Moderation), by fulfilling the other program’s requirements and the following program requirements. All students, whether joint or stand-alone majors, must anchor their studies of human rights in a disciplinary focus program of their choice (e.g., anthropology, sociology, economics, etc.).


Moderation Requirements:


1.     HR core course

2.     HR core course

3.     HR core course

4.     HR 4-credit elective course

5.     Course in the disciplinary focus program

6.     Course in the disciplinary focus program


Graduation Requirements:


7.     HR 4-credit elective course

8.     HR 4-credit elective course

9.     HR 4-credit elective course at the 300-level

10.   HR 303 Junior Research Seminar

11.   Course in the disciplinary focus program

12.   Course in the disciplinary focus program at the 300-level

13.   Senior Project I

14.   Senior Project II


Sample Program of Study


First Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


• HR core course

• HR core course

• focus pgm course

• FYSEM I (fall)

• FYSEM II (spring)


• HR core course

• HR elective course

• focus pgm course


Moderation (spring)


• HR elective course

• HR elective course

• HR 303

• focus pgm 300-level course


• focus pgm course

• HR 300-level elective

• Sr. Project I (fall)

• Sr. Project II (spring)