Yale has many different centers and programs engaged in activities that concern human rights. These centers address issues of human rights from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Centers bring speakers, faculty and students together to address a range of human rights topics across the university.
The Center for Cultural Sociology provides a focus for analysis in the social science tradition, with openings to normative themes such as democracy, justice, tolerance and civility.
The Center for Environmental Law & Policy seeks to incorporate fresh thinking, ethical awareness, and analytically rigorous decision-making tools into environmental law and policy.
The Center for the Study of Globalization enriches the debate about globalization on campus and promotes the flow of ideas between Yale and the policy world, concentrating on the core issues of global development, financial globalization, multilateral trade, and the provision of key global public goods.
The Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration is devoted to advancing academic work related to ethnic studies; to intersectional race, gender, and sexuality research; and to Native and diasporic communities in the United States and other countries. The Center houses undergraduate program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and is the new home for the academic journal Social Text.
The Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course supports empirical research on the causes and consequences of social inequalities. Research adopts both an inter-generational perspective, in its concern with how advantage and disadvantage is transmitted between generations, and an intra-generational perspective, focusing on the life course and human development.
The Conflict, Resilience, and Health Program builds resilience and health in communities affected by armed conflict or structural violence. The program engages with academics, practitioners and policy makers to promote innovations in global health research and to evaluate resilience-building interventions.
The Genocide Studies Program conducts research, seminars and conferences on comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy issues relating to the phenomenon of genocide and has provided training to researchers from afflicted regions, including Cambodia, Rwanda, and East Timor.
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition is dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning all aspects of chattel slavery and its destruction.
The Global Health Justice Partnership is a is a program hosted jointly by Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health that tackles contemporary problems at the interface of global health, human rights, and social justice. GHJP is pioneering an innovative, interdisciplinary field of scholarship, teaching, and practice, bringing together diverse thought leaders to collaborate on research, policy projects, and academic exchanges. GHJP is engaged in policy and research projects that involve students, faculty, and domestic and international partners working on global health justice issues in both academic and real-world settings. GHJP runs the Global Health Studies Program, an undergraduate, multidisciplinary program for students interested in understanding and addressing pressing global health challenges.
The Global Justice Program is an interdisciplinary group that works on the assessment and reform of global institutional arrangements.
The Governance, Environment and Markets Initiative aims to reorient environmental governance research and practice from short-term and single-intervention approaches towards durable "results based" problem solving that embraces, rather than bypasses, multi-level complexity.
The Information Society Project at Yale Law School is an intellectual center that explores the implications of the Internet and new technologies for law and society. The ISP houses a number of initiatives on: Access to Knowledge, Freedom of Expression, Foreign Affairs in the Internet Age, Law and Media, and Law and Technology, as well as the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice and the Visual Law Project.
The Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society is a home for scholars working on contemporary problems such as conflict, violence, and war; toleration and reconciliation; social movements and electoral politics; utopianism, communitarianism and religion; religion as a source of identity; the place of religion in public life; the impact of religion on civil society and the welfare state.
The Institution for Social and Policy Studies advances interdisciplinary research in the social sciences that aims to shape public policy and inform democratic deliberation.
The Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics is a teaching and research program that focuses not only on biomedical ethics, but also on environmental ethics, animal ethics, the ethics of scientific research, business and professional ethics, and ethics issues relating to new technologies.
The Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy promotes research and teaching about the interactions between politics and economics around the world.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies program promotes innovative interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching on the historical and contemporary experience of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people.
The Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies is the home at Yale for teaching and research on all aspects of international affairs and area studies, such as African, Baltic, Canadian, East Asian, European, Latin American & Iberian, Middle East, and South Asian Studies. The Macmillan Center hosts a variety of lectures, conferences, and other events throughout the year. It also produces The Macmillan Report, an online show that features interviews with Yale faculty, and Yale Global Online.
The Office of Global Health at Yale Medical School works to confront the disparities in global health through research, education and health services in partnership with institutions serving resource-limited communities around the world. The Office of Global Health has long-term commitments to partner sites in South Africa, Uganda, Liberia, Rwanda and Indonesia.
The Order, Conflict and Violence Program promotes innovative research on questions related to the rise and collapse of order, including the origins and consequences of polarization; the causes and consequences of the breakdown, emergence, and consolidation of local, national, or transnational political order; the determinants of strategies, types, and consequences of conflict; and the dynamics of its violent escalation and de-escalation.
The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, based in Yale Law School, coordinates a diverse program of human rights activities at Yale and contributes to the development of the human rights community locally and internationally. The Schell Center sponsors frequent panels, lectures, and conferences, including the weekly Human Rights Workshop and the annual Bernstein International Human Rights Symposium. The Schell Center conducts the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and houses the Lowenstein Human Rights Project and sponsors the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights in Yale College.
The Program in Agrarian Studies is an experimental, interdisciplinary effort to reshape how a new generation of scholars understands rural life and society, including poverty, subsistence, cultivation, justice, art, law, property, ritual life, cooperation, resource use, and state action.
The Program for the Study of Antisemitism invites scholars from across the university—including sociology, political science, law, history, literature, art history, philosophy, religious studies, and psychology—to analyze antisemitism in an atmosphere of interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarly inquiry.
The Program on Social Enterprise supports scholars, students, alumni, and practitioners interested in exploring the ways in which business skills and market disciplines can be harnessed to most effectively and efficiently achieve social objectives.
The Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses is an intellectual hub for research, teaching, and policy recommendations that take a people-centered approach to the refugee experience—from internal displacement at home, to the transit experience inside and outside the camp, to challenges of resettlement and integration.
The Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities fosters research and theoretical reflection on the history of sexualities, especially as they intersect with other axes of social difference and inequality.
The Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program brings 16 accomplished, mid-career, global leaders to Yale's flagship leadership development program for a four-month immersive transformational journey. The work of many of the World Fellows is focused on human rights and humanitarian issues.
If there is no link to an online application in the information listed below, apply for the fellowship or grant through the Student Grants Database (SGD). The list below is not exhaustive. Please let the Schell Center know if you find additional sources of funding to add to this guide.
The Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship annually funds fellowships for Yale Law School graduates to spend a year working in the United States on public interest legal issues such as welfare rights, homelessness, racial profiling, indigent criminal defense, alternative sentencing courts, immigration, workers rights, and juvenile justice.
Arthur Liman Summer Fellowships are open to Yale undergraduates—with the exception of graduating seniors. The Liman Summer Fellowship offers students an opportunity to participate in public interest law projects. Summer Fellows have worked on issues such as immigrants' rights, workers' rights, prison conditions, educational adequacy, and juvenile justice.
The Charles Kao Fund supports grants to students of Yale College (including graduating seniors), graduate students in M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and graduate students in the professional schools for summer research in East and Southeast Asia. Research should focus on the impact of technology transfer processes between Asia and the West and/or between East and Southeast Asia, and the social, cultural, and political transformations in these regions.
The Clara Levillain Prize offers grants up to $2500 to students beginning research on a project with a strong and direct connection with French language or culture.
The Coca-Cola World Fund provides summer travel grants for graduate and professional student projects involving applied research or internships overseas. Projects must focus clearly on the intersection of at least two of the following fields: international law, international business or management, or international affairs and public policy.
The Downs Fellowship supports graduate and professional Yale students who undertake health-related research primarily in low- and middle-income countries. The fellowship provides opportunities for challenging experiences abroad as Fellows create and improvise in the face of unforeseen events, acquiring new perspectives on their responsibilities and capabilities as professionals.
Dwight Hall offers a number of fellowships for students working on a range of social justice issues in New Haven.
The European Union Studies Program offers grants for graduates and undergraduates whose work or research involves the European Union or some aspect of European integration.
The Fox International Fellowship Program is a direct two-way student exchange partnership between Yale University and twelve of the world's leading universities offering a year-long exchange.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships are available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students whose academic work includes foreign language study and whose career plans include teaching, public service or business related to African Studies, European Studies, Middle East Studies, or Latin American Studies. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply.
The Ganzfried Family Travel Fellowship provides support for undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of subjects as they relate to Israel - communal and religious tolerance and understanding, security and cooperation, natural and economic resources, environmental, scientific and technological collaboration and development, communication, culture, gender and family - or for academic work elsewhere in the field of Jewish studies. Amounts can vary up to $2,500.
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition offers a number of different fellowships and grants. Graduate students can receive up to $3,000 for summer research on projects related to slavery, resistance, abolition, or their legacies. Professional school students will be considered.
Global Health Field Experience Award supports undergraduate, graduate and professional students committed to global health as they take their first steps in becoming leaders in the field. Student projects have ranged from a research study of human trafficking in Moldova to developing standard guidelines for HIV/AIDS prevention services in Thailand.
The Gruber Fellowship supports recent graduates (within three years) of Yale graduate and professional schools to spend a year working on issues of relevance to the fields of global justice and/or women's rights. Gruber Fellows have undertaken projects all over the world.
The Henry Hart Foreign Residence Fellowships provide support for Yale students in the humanities and social sciences to conduct individual study and research for 9 to 12 months while in residence in a foreign country that is experiencing strained relations with the United States. Eligible are undergraduates who have completed at least two years of course work, including graduating seniors; graduate and professional students who have permission from their Director of Graduate Studies to take a year's leave of absence for this purpose; and graduate students at the conclusion of a terminal master's program. The fellowship stipend may cover most or all travel and living expenses in the host country.
The Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Program supports recent Yale Law graduates who wish to work closely with high-level leaders in the federal government for one year, either through an existing position or through a "special assistantship." The fellowship allows alumni to explore careers in public service and to bring creative, entrepreneurial ideas to the federal government. Positions that will not be considered include judicial clerkships, entry-level positions, and work for political campaigns.
The International Court of Justice Fellowship (Yale Law School students only) supports a ten-month position at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.
The Keggi-Berzins Fellowships for Baltic Studies awards up to $1,500 to current Yale undergraduates and graduate students for research or language study in or about a Baltic country.
The Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy provides a number of grants to graduates and undergraduates whose research focuses on political economy. Grants range from $500 to $5000. Enter "George Walter Leitner" into student database.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies offers a number of fellowships for undergraduates, graduates and professional school students for reading/discussion groups, undergraduate summer research, undergraduate scholarly research, and research, publication, and course development.
The Lindsay Fellowship for Research in Africa supports grants to graduate and professional students for summer research in order to increase understanding of Africa among Yale students and faculty.
Mary A. McCarthy Fellowships in Public Interest Law (Yale Law School students only) support public interest law projects, especially in mediation and the rights of immigrants, prisoners, criminal defendants, and women. Work products have ranged from legal briefs and evidence gathered in support of litigation to articles in national journals, informational pamphlets, and videos.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague offers Yale Law School graduates a unique opportunity to work on cases involving issues ranging from territorial boundaries and humanitarian law to disputes under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and commercial contracts.
The Presidential Public Service Fellowship provides a variety of opportunities for Yale students to work on economic development, human development, and neighborhood revitalization with public sector and nonprofit organizations in the City of New Haven.
The Program for the Study of Antisemitism provides research grants for undergraduate or graduate students who wish to pursue focused research on an aspect of anti-Semitism. Grants can be used to fund travel or research conducted at Yale. Awards typically range from $500- $3000.
The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights annually funds several recent Yale Law School graduates to pursue a year of full-time human rights advocacy work. Recent Bernstein Fellows have worked with EarthRights in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights in Kampala, Uganda, the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch in New York City, and Privacy International in London.
The Robina Foundation Post-Graduate Human Rights Fellowship funds recent Yale Law School graduates to do full-time human rights work, particularly with international or foreign courts and tribunals and intergovernmental human rights agencies. Recent Robina Fellows have worked at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, USAID/Power Africa in Washington, D.C., and the Ombudsperson Institution of the Republic of Kosovo in Pristina, Kosovo.
Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellowships, supported by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation, provide funding for Yale students to undertake at least six weeks of human rights work during the summer. Kirby Simon Fellows have worked on a wide variety of issues at non-governmental organizations, international organizations and agencies, and international and foreign courts throughout the world. Yale undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.
Tinker Field Research Grants are awarded for graduate students with little or no previous field experience to enable them to conduct research in specific regions of Latin America and Iberia. They are intended for master and pre-dissertation field research travel. Awards can be expected to range between $750 and $1500 and are intended to help defray travel costs only.
The Yale-Collaborative Action Project (YCAP) supports scholarly endeavors for teams of Yale students to work in the field of global health. The award supports teams of two to five students for a variety of areas, including research, practice, advocacy, policy and management.
The Yale College Fellowship for Research in Health Studies provides support for original undergraduate research projects in health studies, including the study of the social, political, economic and biological determinants of health.
Yale Law School Public Interest Fellowships (YPIF) supports recent Yale Law School graduates for full-time public interest work for one year, although some extensions may be available in limited circumstances, such as when matching funds are available from other sources. [NOTE: those interested in transnational human rights fellowships should apply for Bernstein or a Robina Fellowships and should consult with faculty in charge of those programs regarding any questions.]
In searching for funding outside of Yale, the following might be helpful:
- Michigan State University Libraries comprehensive database of grants to individuals (search every heading that might apply to you/what you're hoping to fund)
- Fastweb financial aid database
- GrantForward research funding listings
- IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
- Scholarships for Development (for students from developing countries and/or students interested in studying development)
The Africa Brown Bag series meets weekly to discuss a range of topics related to Africa.
The Arthur Liman Public Interest Workshop meets weekly in the spring to discuss emerging issues of theory and advocacy. Students may audit this class and visitors are welcome with the permission of the instructor.
The Comparative Politics Workshop is a forum for work in progress by Yale faculty and graduate students, as well as scholars from other universities. The workshop's methodological and substantive range is broad.
The Comparative Research Workshop promotes theory-driven, empirically rigorous comparative and historical research into a variety of issues, including state formation, social networks and movements, democracy, and citizenship.
The Human Rights Workshop, offered by the Schell Center, provides a weekly presentation on human rights issues.
The Inequality and Life Course Workshop focuses on theoretical and methodological issues in the areas of the life course (education, training, labor markets, aging, and family demography), social inequality (class structures, stratification, and social mobility) and related topics. The core of the workshop is devoted to the discussion of ongoing research by faculty and graduate students.
The International Relations Seminar Series provides a weekly presentation on issues related to international relations.
The Political Theory Workshop provides an informal, interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of work in progress. The workshop features papers by Yale faculty members, visiting scholars, and graduate students in the fields of political philosophy, social theory, ethics, intellectual history, and related disciplines.
The Religion and Politics Colloquium meets twice a month to discuss papers by invited guests on their current research. The Colloquium will aim to represent a broad range of disciplinary approaches to the study of religion and politics.
The Women Gender and Sexual Studies program hosts a student-run graduate colloquium where students present their own scholarly work. Students also coordinate a Working Group that focuses on new developments in gender and sexuality studies.
The Black Solidarity Conference is an annual conference that takes place at Yale University. Entirely student run, the conference brings college youth from across the country together to discuss issues and events important to the black community at large.
The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's leading, largest conference on global health and social entrepreneurship conference. Each year, more than 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries attend.
The Robert L. Bernstein Human Rights Symposium, hosted by the Schell Center, brings together scholars, advocates, and students for two days of panels and events on a particular topic within human rights.
RebLaw is the largest student-run public interest conference in the country. The conference brings together practitioners, law students, and community activists from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change.
Yale UNICEF is a student-run conference that aims to raise awareness about children's issues-including poverty, development, safety, rights, health, education, and inclusion in communities across the world.
The descriptions for the following groups list students typically involved, but please contact each group individually to see if they are open to outside involvement from undergraduates, graduates, and professional school students. Undergraduate groups are denoted by "YC" and Yale Law School groups by "YLS."
Accent magazine provides multilingual articles offering a first-hand perspective on political and cultural issues around the world. Many of the topics Accent explores are closely related to human rights. (YC)
ACLU of Yale is a chapter of the ACLU composed of Yale University students dedicated to protecting civil liberties in both our local and extended communities. (YC)
AIDS Walk New Haven is a 5K walk to raise money to provide support services to individuals and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the greater New Haven community. Its goals are to raise money, increase public awareness, promote prevention through advocacy, and unite the Yale-New Haven community against stigma, apathy and infection. (YC)
Yale Amnesty International advocates for the human rights of marginalized groups in the state of Connecticut and across the United States, including focus on abolition of the death penalty and torture practices. (YC)
The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), based at the Urban Justice Center, represents refugee families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to flee life-threatening conditions. Students at the founding Yale chapter have worked with hundreds of families to prevent their deportations. Open to law students and undergraduate volunteers. (YLS)
The Yale Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is a group of students committed to the advancement of African Americans inside and outside of Yale Law School. (YLS)
The Capital Assistance Project (CAP) matches YLS students with public defenders from around the country to provide research support for capital defense work. (YLS)
The Yale Civil Rights Project supports students pursuing independent projects related to civil rights in the areas of civil liberties, critical race theory, economic justice, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, and women's rights. (YLS)
Yale Engineers Without Borders is a student chapter of a national non-profit organization that aims to teach undergraduates about engineering through partnerships with communities in developing countries. (YC)
The Yale Environmental Law Association (YELA) creates a community for students interested in environmental law by hosting events, providing information about opportunities in the field, and facilitating on-campus activism. (YLS)
The Human Rights and Development Law Journal is an annual publication that explores the tensions between human rights, development and the law, encouraging critical and creative thinking about challenges and solutions to challenges facing people around the globe. (YLS)
The Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project is a student run, not-for-profit organization that works on behalf of New Haven's homeless and near-homeless communities. (YC)
The Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale is a non-profit organization that provides start-up money for projects that protect the legal rights or interests of inadequately represented groups. (YLS)
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) provides direct legal services to refugees seeking resettlement in the United States. Student teams, paired with pro bono attorneys from private firms, prepare a wide range of visa applications and appeals for clients fleeing persecution. (YLS)
The Yale Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights. (YLS)
Yale Law Women (YLW) works to advance the status of women at Yale Law Sschool and in the legal profession at large. YLW creates programming, resources, and mentorship opportunities to bolster women's pursuit of their professional and personal goals. (YLS)
The Lowenstein International Human Rights Project is an extracurricular human rights group at Yale Law School. Through the Lowenstein Project, small teams of students work on specific human rights issues, usually on behalf of and with guidance from a human rights or other public interest NGO. Teams conduct research, write memoranda, engage in advocacy activities, and organize events at the law school. This project may be open to graduate students and undergraduates depending on individual experience. (YLS)
Yale Global Brigades offers seven-day trips throughout the year in Honduras and Panama. Microfinance Brigade volunteers provide financial literacy workshops and consultation to rural community banks. (YC)
Middle Eastern Resolution through Education, Action & Dialogue promotes peace and resolution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its members, who come from a diversity of backgrounds, host events and speakers to share a variety of political opinions on the conflict. (YC)
The Myanmar Project is a Yale organization committed to raising awareness about Myanmar and to supporting Burmese refugee youth in the United States. (YC)
No Lost Generation Yale works to provide aid to children affected by the crisis in Syria by partnering refugees abroad with current Yale students, as part of the Jusoor mentorship program, and raising funds to provide refugees with basic necessities. (YC)
OutLaws is an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) members of the law school. Its main goals are to provide a community for LGBTQ-identified people within YLS and to advocate for LGBTQ issues both at YLS and beyond. (YLS)
The Yale Medical School chapter of Physicians for Human Rights seeks to advance health professional students' understanding of and commitment to the right to health and to cultivate skills as advocates for health and human rights locally, nationally and globally.
The Pro Bono Network (PBN) at Yale Law School matches domestic public interest organizations in need of pro bono assistance with Yale students who want to work on important issues and build legal experience. It operates only in the spring. (YLS)
The Yale Refugee Project works with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) to welcome refugees from around the world to New Haven; offers refugee families ESL lessons, homework help, and guidance for settling into a new city and country; plans on-campus events such as BBQs, talks, and film screenings to raise awareness about refugee-related issues both in New Haven and around the world. (YC)
Student Partnerships for Global Health (SPGH) is a Yale graduate and undergraduate student organization dedicated to sending interdisciplinary teams of students to work alongside in-country partner organizations on global health projects around the world.
Students for Justice and Peace in Palestine is dedicated to standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people's struggle for freedom. SJP seeks to engage with students to develop a richer understanding on campus about the Israeli occupation of Palestine and to find ways that students in the United States can intervene on a local and international scale to end the injustice of colonization and discrimination. (YC)
Students Organize for Syria (SOS) is the student-led movement for Syria that strives to assist the Syrian people in their effort to build a self-determined, pluralistic society. Its approach involves standing in solidarity with Syrians, raising awareness of their cause, and helping to alleviate the current humanitarian crisis in Syria. SOS believes that students are the educated individuals who are key to this effort and is mobilizing like-minded, ambitious students at campuses nationally to organize for Syria. (YC)
The Uganda Hope Network is an undergraduate organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in communities affected by HIV in rural Uganda. (YC)
The Yale Undergraduate Prison Project (YUPP) aims to reduce recidivism and promote dialogue around issues connected to mass incarceration. YUPP runs seven programs at three correctional facilities, as well as two outreach centers in Connecticut. YUPP's GED tutoring, literacy, and mentoring programs impact more than a hundred imprisoned or recently imprisoned individuals annually. (YC)
Yale UNICEF is a student-run chapter of the branch of the UN dedicated to helping protect and improve the lives of children in the United States and abroad through fundraising, outreach, and advocacy. Yale UNICEF hosts an annual conference on the rights of children, along with other events like service days, College Teas, and Trick-or-Treat. It also participates in outreach programs in New Haven. (YC)
Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science. He is the author of fifteen books that have had a broad influence in political philosophy, constitutional law, and public policy.
Julia Adams, Professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of state development; gender and family; social theory and knowledge; early modern European politics, and colonialism and empire.
Jennifer Allen, Assistant Professor of History. She is a historian of modern Germany with a particular interest in late twentieth-century cultural practices. She teaches courses on modern German history, the theories and practices of memory modern Europe, and the history of the Holocaust.
Rene Almeling, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her research and teaching interests are at the intersection of gender, medicine, and economics.
Elijah Anderson, William K Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology and African American Studies. His interests include urban ethnography, race, violence, and inner-city life.
Laura Barraclough, Assistant Professor of American Studies and ER&M. Her scholarship integrates archival, ethnographic, and spatial analyses of urban life and culture.
Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy. Her interests include 19th and 20th century European social and political thought, particularly German idealism and the work of Hegel, Marx, Weber and Arendt; ethics; and contemporary democratic and citizenship theories.
Jasmina Besirevic-Regan, Assistant Dean in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her teaching and research interests include genocide and ethnic conflict, identity, nationalism, human rights, and refugee resettlement. Her academic work focuses on the Bosnian Muslim identity and disintegration of former Yugoslavia.
Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History and American Studies. His interests include Native American history & Native American law.
David Blight, Professor of American History. He lectures widely in the U.S. and around the world on the Civil War and Reconstruction, race relations, Douglass, Du Bois, and problems in public history and American historical memory.
Melanie Boyd, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs; Lecturer in WGSS. She runs the Office of Gender and Campus Culture, and advises the student-run Women's Center. Both her scholarly and administrative work focuses on gender, sex, and sexuality, with a particular attention to issues of sexual violence and cultural transformation.
Stephen B. Bright, Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law. Bright was president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights, a human rights organization that deals with human rights in the criminal justice and prison systems.
Rosie Bsheer, Assistant Professor of History. She is a historian of the modern Middle East, whose teaching and research interests center on Arab intellectual and social movements, petro-capitalism and state formation, and the production of historical knowledge and commemorative spaces.
Hazel Carby, Charles C & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and American Studies; Director of the Initiative on Race, Gender and Globalization. Carby teaches courses on issues of race, gender and sexuality through the culture and literature of the Caribbean and its diaspora; through transnational and postcolonial literature and theory; through representations of the black female body; and through the genre of science fiction.
Geetanjali Chanda, Senior Lecturer in WGSS. Her research interests include popular culture and feminist and transcultural pedagogy, masculinities, and religion. Chanda has taught courses on globalization, autobiographies, family, cultural identity, popular culture, international feminisms, and postcolonial India since 2001.
Carolyn J. Dean, Charles J. Stille Professor of History and French. Her interests include the cultural and intellectual history of modern Europe; history of gender and sexuality; and genocide studies and the Holocaust of European Jewry.
Aaron A. Dhir, Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School. His scholarly interests center on corporate law, governance, theory, and accountability.
Amity Doolittle, Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist, F&ES and Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on property rights and how control over and access to natural resources is defined, negotiated, and contested by different stakeholders.
Kathryn Dudley, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies; Chair of American Studies. Her research focuses on embodied knowledge and social trauma under regimes of labor that are marginalized by transformations in global capitalism.
Marcela Echeverri, Assistant Professor of History. Her research and teaching interests focus on the relationship between political subjectivities and social transformation in Latin America from colonial times to the present.
Daniel Etsy, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, F&ES; Clinical Professor of Environmental Law & Policy, Yale Law School. His interests include global environmental governance; environmental performance measurement; innovation and sustainability; business and the environment; and trade and the environment.
Eugene R. Fidell, Senior Research Scholar in Law, Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School. He has written on labor, environmental, energy, and military law, as well as judicial administration. He has taught courses entitled: Admiralty Law, American Indian Tribal Law, Disasters, Guantanamo, Military Justice, Federal Indian Law, Law of the Sea, Habeas Corpus, and the Original Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.
Moira Fradinger, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Comparative Literature. Her interests include film and intellectual history; theories of democracy; Southern European cultural exchange with South America; the Global South; critical theory; feminist theory; gender politics and global women's movements; and political philosophy.
Crystal Feimster, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and History. Her academic focus is racial and sexual violence.
Joshua Galperin, Director of the Environmental Protection Clinic and Clinical Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School; Environmental Law and Policy Program Director, F&ES. His research addresses the law of takings and just compensation, with a current focus on just compensation in the context of climate change adaptation; and the law and policy of invasive species management.
Gregg Gonsalves, Research Scholar in Law, Lecturer in Law, and Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health. He is a leading HIV/AIDS activist and teaches the Global Health and Justice Practicum.
Lloyd Grieger, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. His research interests include poverty and social policy, the transition to adulthood, and family/relationship formation in the United States and South Africa. He is also interested in quantitative research methods, especially those using longitudinal panel data.
Inderpal Grewal, Professor of WGSS; Chair of WGSS. Her research interests include transnational feminist theory; gender and globalization; NGOs and theories of civil society; theories of travel and mobility; South Asian cultural studies and postcolonial feminism.
Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor American Studies and Religious Studies. She is a historical anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker whose research focuses on race, gender, religion, nationalism, and transnationalism across a wide spectrum of American Muslim communities.
Oona A. Hathaway, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School; Professor of Political Science; Professor of International Law and Area Studies, MacMillan Center. Her current research focuses on the intersection of U.S. constitutional law and international law, the enforcement of domestic and international law, national security law, and the law of war.
Matthew Jacobson, William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History; Professor of African American Studies; Chair of ER&M. His teaching interests are clustered under the general category of race in U.S. political culture 1790-present, including U.S. imperialism, immigration and migration, popular culture, and the juridical structures of U.S. citizenship.
Gilbert Joseph, Farnam Professor of History and International Studies. His research and teaching interests focus on the history of modern Latin America, particularly Mexico and Central America, on revolutionary and social movements, and U.S.-Latin American relations.
Paul Kahn, Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities; Co-Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, Yale Law School. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law and theory, international law, cultural theory and philosophy.
Stathis Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science; Director, Program on Order, Conflict and Violence. He researches various aspects of conflict, both at the micro and macro levels.
Amy Kapczynski, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School. Her areas of research include information policy, intellectual property law, international law, and global health.
Kaveh Khoshnood, Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Program Director- BA-BS/MPH Program, Yale School of Public Health. His primary research interests are the epidemiology, prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis among drug users, prisoners and other at-risk populations in United States and in resource-poor countries. Other interests include health and human rights and the ethical dilemmas in research involving vulnerable populations.
Ben Kiernan, A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History; Director of the Genocide Studies Program; Chair of the Council on Southeast Asia Studies; Director of Undergraduate Studies for Southeast Asia Studies. His interests include world history; Southeast Asia, early and modern especially Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and East Timor; comparative colonialism; nationalism; communism; genocide; and environmental history.
Jennifer Klein, Professor of History. Her research spans the fields of U.S. labor history, urban history, social movements and political economy. She teaches courses in labor history, 20th century political economy, U.S. urban history, U.S. women's history, and contemporary America, 1945-Present.
Albert Icksang Ko, Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Department Chair of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. His research centers on the health problems that have emerged as a consequence of rapid urbanization and social inequity.
Douglas Kysar, Joseph M. Field '55 Professor of Law. His teaching and research areas include torts, environmental law, and risk regulation.
Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School. His interests include public and private international law, national security law, and human rights.
Marianne LaFrance, Professor of WGSS and Psychology. Her primary research concerns how gender and power are reflected in and maintained by subtle communication processes. The organizing theme of her research is to understand how subtle and implicit messages reveal, justify, and preserve unequal social structures.
Bandy Lee, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine. Her research focuses on formulating the multiple, interlinked determinants of violence by exploring the interaction between biological, psychological, social, and environmental processes for effective prevention.
Louisa Lombard, Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She is a cultural anthropologist who studies African borderland areas where the state is largely absent. She teaches classes on sub-Saharan Africa; African politics; anthropology and law; international development and humanitarianism; war, violence, and conflict; conservation and the management of "wilderness"; and the social and historical aspects of inter-species categorization.
Mary Lui, Professor of American Studies and History; Head of Timothy Dwight College. Her primary research interests include Asian American history, urban history, women and gender studies, and public history.
Daniel Magaziner, Associate Professor of History. He is an intellectual historian specializing in South Africa. His teaching focuses on South Africa, modern Africa, religion, political thought, popular culture, and the African Diaspora.
Ivan Marcus, Frederick P. Rose Professor of Jewish History. His interests include Europe; history of the Jews in medieval Europe; history of Jewish culture; Jewish-Christian relations; Jewish mysticism and pietism; the Jews and Islam
Hope Metcalf, Executive Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for Human Rights, Yale Law School. Her teaching and research focus on U.S.-based human rights violations, particularly with respect to people in various forms of detention.
Alice Miller, Associate Scholar for International Human Rights, Yale Law School; Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Public Health. Her interests include gender, sexuality, health, and international human rights.
Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History. His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially 20th-century European moral and political theory.
Catherine Panter-Brick, Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs, Yale School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on youth in global adversity, addressing issues of risk and resilience in contexts of poverty, disease, famine, armed conflict, and social marginalization.
Nilakshi Parndigamage, Lecturer in Political Science; Dean of Ezra Stiles College. She previously worked as a human rights researcher, focusing on sexual violence in wartime and the rights of minorities.
Margaret Peters, Assistant Professor in Political Science. Her research focuses broadly on international political economy with a special focus on the politics of migration.
Stephen Pitti, Professor of History and American Studies; Director, ER&M; Director, Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration; Head of Ezra Stiles College. His interests include History of Mexican Americans; U.S. West; Latinos; 19th & 20th century immigration; U.S.-Mexico border; and labor history
Dixa Ramirez, Assistant Professor of American Studies and ER&M. Her work investigates the entanglements between gender, the construction of national identity, and geographic displacements in Latina/o and Caribbean literature and culture.
Kristin Reynolds, Lecturer of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research centers on urban agriculture and social justice. She teaches courses on food and the environment, urban food systems, and food justice.
Graeme Reid, Visiting Lecturer in WGSS. He is the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program for Human Rights Watch. He is an expert on LGBT rights and has conducted research, taught and published extensively on gender, sexuality, LGBT issues, and HIV/AIDS.
Jill Richards, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in English. Her interests include British modernism; human rights; creative writing; women's movements; and juvenile justice.
Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Professor of American Studies and ER&M; Associate Head of Ezra Stiles College. Her scholarship concerns the femicide in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; transnational migration; border governance; and social movements in the Americas.
Thania Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her teaching and research focus on international cooperation and international law. In particular, she studies how international law and organizations shape international security and human rights policy.
Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James Professor of World Christianity, Divinity School; Professor of History. His interests focus on Africa and include the history of religion in Africa; cross-cultural studies; religion, language & society; the history of Islam.
Jim Silk, Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights; Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for Human Rights, Yale Law School. He is also the Director of the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights.
David Simon, Lecturer in Political Science; Associate Director, Genocide Studies Program. He studies African politics, focusing on the politics of development assistance and post-conflict situations (and that of Rwanda in particular).
Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy. His interests include philosophy of language; epistemology; race; criminal justice and mass incarceration; and propaganda.
Maria Trumpler, Senior Lecturer in WGSS. Her interests include gender and science, feminist critiques of science, scientific studies of sexuality, and food studies.
John Wargo, Tweedy Ordway Professor of Environmental Health and Politics. He has lectured extensively on the limits and potential of environmental law, with a focus on human health.
Elisabeth Wood, Professor of Political Science and International and Area Studies. She is currently writing two books: one on sexual violence during war, drawing on field research in several countries, and a second on political violence in Colombia. She teaches courses on comparative politics, political violence, collective action, and qualitative research methods.
Patrick Weil, Visiting Professor of Law, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow, Yale Law School. His work focuses on comparative immigration, citizenship, and church-state law and policy.
Laura Wexler, Professor of WGSS and American Studies. Wexler's scholarship centers upon intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class with film and photography in the United States, from the nineteenth century to the present.
Christopher Wildeman, Associate Professor of Sociology. His research and teaching interests revolve around the consequences of mass imprisonment for inequality, with emphasis on families, health, and children.
Jonathan Wyrtzen, Associate Professor of Sociology, History, and International Affairs. His teaching and research engages a set of related thematic areas that include empire and colonialism, state formation and non-state forms of political organization, ethnicity and nationalism, and religion and socio-political action.