Graduate Lectureships


The Pozen Center awards up to three lectureships per academic year to advanced doctoral students, each of whom teaches one undergraduate Human Rights course of their own design. Applications are due every February, with lectureships awarded in late March. 

Lectureships are awarded for one quarter during the following academic year. The proposed course should address human rights from a disciplinary, thematic, or regional perspective.

We don’t require that every Human Rights course deal explicitly with international human rights norms or mechanisms. On the other hand, not every course about morality, ethics, human suffering, marginalization, exclusion, or discrimination is within the framework of human rights. The selection committee has occasionally worked with strong applicants to develop more human rights content for their syllabus.

Graduate lecturers receive a salary of $5,000 or $6,000, depending on graduate student status. Lecturers may hold office hours and use office space at the Pozen Center, in coordination with Center Administrator Kathy Scott.

2021-22 Graduate Lectureship Recipients

Jay M. Henderson (Anthropology)
Course title: “Ethnographies of Human Rights”

Sarah McDaniel (English Language and Literature)
Course title: “Encountering AIDS: Queer Representations, Loss, and Memory”

Usama Rafi (History)
Course title: “Race, Decolonization, and Human Rights in the 20th Century”


The application for 2021-22 Graduate Lectureships has closed.

University of Chicago advanced doctoral students are eligible to apply. Complete applications include the webform, CV, course outline or syllabus (including title, description, student learning goals, assignments, and reading list), and one letter of recommendation. Incomplete applications are not considered. 

See the Course Design Tools provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning for help with course construction and developing student learning goals.

Recommendation Letters

Each applicant is required to obtain a recommendation letter from a faculty member who is familiar with your scholarly work or your experience as a teaching assistant or instructor.

Letters must be uploaded directly by the recommender via this webform. Alternatively, they may be sent via email to Deputy Director Ashley Pierce.


Please email any questions to Faculty Director Mark Bradley.