Faculty Board

Members of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Faculty Board are appointed by the Provost. Board members meet quarterly and in committees to advise the Directors and staff. Board members teach human rights courses and contribute their expertise in diverse disciplinary, thematic, and regional approaches to human rights to the development of curriculum and program.

2015-2016 Human Rights Program Faculty Board

*denotes on leave

Executive Committee:

Mark Philip Bradley, Faculty Director -- Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of International History and the College, Department of History and the College

Susan Gzesh, Executive Director -- Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences Collegiate Division

Dr. Renslow Sherer, Co-Chair -- Professor, Department of Medicine - Infectious Diseases and Global Health

Tara Zahra, Co-Chair -- Professor of East European History and the College

Faculty Board Members:

Daniel Brudney, Professor, Department of Philosophy and the College; Director of Graduate Admissions

Elizabeth Chandler, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning, Midwest Faculty Seminar

James Chandler, Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor, Department of English, Department of Cinema & Media Studies and the College; Director, Franke Institute for the Humanities                                                                                               

Jane Dailey, Associate Professor, Department of History, the Law School, and the College

Claudia Flores, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School 

Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law; Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar; Professor, Political Science

Ramón Gutiérrez, Preston & Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor in United States History, Department of History and the College

Judy Hoffman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Visual Arts, Department of Cinema & Media Studies

John Kelly, Professor, Department of Anthropology and the College; Interim Director, South Asia Language and Area Center

Emilio Kouri, Professor, Department of History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College; Director, Katz Center for Mexican Studies

Ben Laurence, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and the College

Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Foreign and International Law Librarian, D’Angelo Law Library; Lecturer, the Law School

Dr. Evan Lyon, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine – Hospital Medicine

Marvin W. Makinen, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the College

Monica Nalepa, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and the College

Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, the Law School, Department of Philosophy, Divinity School and the College; Associate, Department of Classics and Department of Political Science; Member, Committee on Southern Asian Studies

Emily Osborn, Associate Professor of African History and the College

Dr. Robert Perlman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics; Kennedy Center for Mental Retardation

Jennifer Pitts, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and the College

Justin Richland, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and the College

*Haun Saussy, University Professor, Department of Comparative Literature

Eric Slauter, Associate Professor, Department of English Language & Literature and the College; Director, Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture

Amy Dru Stanley, Associate Professor, Department of History and the College

*Sonali Thakkar, Associate Professor, Department of English


In Memoriam:

Iris Marion Young, 1949-2006

Professor Iris Young, a leading philosopher called by a colleague “one of the most important political philosophers of the past quarter-century,” died in her home Tuesday, Aug. 1 2006. Professor Young was a member of the University of Chicago's Political Science Department since 2000, and an active member of the Human Rights Program Faculty Board.  Prof. Young was known for her deep commitment to social justice and grassroots political activity on causes such as women’s human rights, debt relief for Africa and workers’ rights.  Young’s books include Intersecting Voices: Dilemmas of Gender, Political Philosophy and Policy (1997); Inclusion and Democracy (2000); and On Female Body Experience (2004). Before coming to the University of Chicago she taught political theory for nine years in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Alan Gewirth, 1912-2004

Alan Gewirth was an internationally renowned scholar who made important contributions in several areas of philosophy, including medieval political philosophy, early modern philosophy, and ethics (especially the theory of rights). Professor Gewirth was born in Manhattan on November 28, 1912, and received  his A.B. in 1934 from Columbia University, where he was inspired to become a philosopher by Richard McKeon, the demanding Aristotelian scholar. After two years of graduate study at Columbia, he spent the academic year 1936-7 on a Sage Fellowship at Cornell University and was then brought to the University of Chicago as an assistant to the already illustrious McKeon, who had been invited there the year before by Chancellor Robert Maynard Hutchins. In June 1942, Professor Gewirth was drafted into the army, moving up the ranks from private to captain in four years. He spent the academic year 1946-47 at Columbia on the GI Bill, receiving his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1948. From 1947 onward he was a regular member of the faculty at the University of Chicago. Among many other honors, Professor Gewirth served as president of the American Philosophical Association and the American Society for Legal and Political Philosophy and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His lifelong devotion to research continued unabated after his retirement in 1982: in 1996 he published The Community of Rights (University of Chicago Press) and in 1998, Self-Fulfillment (Princeton University Press), as well as numerous articles. In 1997, Professor Gewirth became a charter member of the board of the then newly constituted Human Rights Program, for which he developed and taught its primary course, Human Rights I: Philosophical Foundations, in which undergraduates, graduate students, and law and medical students were enrolled.

Read the official University press release about Professor Gewirth's death.

Robert Kirschner, 1940-2002

An internationally recognized authority on forensic pathology, human rights violations, police brutality, torture and child abuse and an outspoken opponent of the death penalty, Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., a clinical associate in the department of pathology and pediatrics and a founding member of the faculty board of the human rights program at the University of Chicago, died at the University of Chicago Hospitals on September 15, 2002. Read more about Dr. Kirschner and the annual Kirschner Human Rights Lecture.