About the Center

How are human rights secured and protected? Founded as the Human Rights Program in 1997, the University of Chicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights includes research and teaching which explores core questions of human dignity with a critical examination of the institutions designed to promote and protect human rights in the contemporary world. The Center is a unique initiative because of its interdisciplinary focus and linkage of theory and practice.

The Human Rights Curriculum includes a core sequence, undergraduate minor, and electives with distinct disciplinary, thematic, and/or regional perspectives.

The Internship Program provides summer fellowships to students for hands-on experience at host organizations in the U.S. and around the world. 

The Center provides substantial intellectual and financial support to graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago engaged in the study of human rights through pre-dissertation and dissertation research grants, dissertation completion fellowship, teaching opportunities, internships, and the Graduate Human Rights Workshop.

Students and faculty receive support for key, ongoing human rights initiatives which explore solutions to real world human rights problems. Ongoing thematic initiatives include Crisis of Humanitarianism, Health and Human Rights, and Human Rights at Home.

Through events such as conferences, workshops, lectures, and film series, the Center brings the world to the campus, incorporating the broader community into its educational mission.