Human Rights

Human Rights


Interviews with scholars of human rights about their new books.

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Maxine Lowy, "Latent Memory: Human Rights and Jewish Identity in Chile" (U Wisconsin Press, 2022)

February 27, 2024

Latent Memory

Maxine Lowy
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In the first half of the twentieth century, Jewish immigrants and refugees sought to rebuild their lives in Chile. Despite their personal histories of…

Ned Richardson-Little, "The Human Rights Dictatorship: Socialism, Global Solidarity and Revolution in East Germany" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

February 26, 2024

The Human Rights Dictatorship

Ned Richardson-Little
Hosted by Jill Massino

In The Human Rights Dictatorship: Socialism, Global Solidarity and Revolution in East Germany (Cambridge UP, 2020), Ned Richardson-Little exposes the …

Sandra Fahy, "Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses on the Record" (Columbia UP, 2019)

February 24, 2024

Dying for Rights

Sandra Fahy
Hosted by Sarah Patterson

“The things that are happening to North Korea are happening to all of us…they are part of the human community. To say that this is just a problem for …

Jonathan A. C. Brown, "Slavery and Islam" (Oneworld Academic, 2019)

February 21, 2024

Slavery and Islam

Jonathan A. C. Brown
Hosted by SherAli Tareen

In his majestic and encyclopedic new book Slavery and Islam (Oneworld Academic, 2019), Jonathan A. C. Brown presents a sweeping analysis of Muslim int…

Robert Louis Wilken, "Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom" (Yale UP, 2019)

February 20, 2024

Liberty in the Things of God

Robert Louis Wilken
Hosted by Ian Drake

Robert Louis Wilken, the William R. Kenan Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia, has written an intellectual…

Kerstin Bree Carlson, "The Justice Laboratory: International Law in Africa" (Brookings Institution Press, 2022)

February 9, 2024

The Justice Laboratory

Kerstin Bree Carlson
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Ever since World War II, the United Nations and other international actors have created laws, treaties, and institutions to punish perpetrators of gen…

Chrystin Ondersma, "Dignity Not Debt: An Abolitionist Approach to Economic Justice" (U California Press, 2024)

February 3, 2024

Dignity Not Debt

Chrystin Ondersma
Hosted by Stephen Pimpare

American households have a debt problem. The problem is not, as often claimed, that Americans recklessly take on too much debt. The problem is that US…

Rachel Nolan, "Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala" (Harvard UP, 2024)

January 28, 2024

Until I Find You

Rachel Nolan
Hosted by Katie Coldiron

The poignant saga of Guatemala's adoption industry: an international marketplace for children, built on a foundation of inequality, war, and Indigenou…

Veena R. Howard, "Gandhi's Global Legacy: Moral Methods and Modern Challenges" (Lexington Books, 2022)

January 18, 2024

Gandhi's Global Legacy

Veena R. Howard
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

While there has been sustained interest in Gandhi's methods and continued academic inquiry, Gandhi's Global Legacy: Moral Methods and Modern Challenge…

Justine Nolan and Martijn Boersma, "Addressing Modern Slavery" (UNSW Press, 2019)

January 14, 2024

Addressing Modern Slavery

Justine Nolan and Martijn Boersma
Hosted by Jane Richards

Before you left your house this morning, chances are that you used products and consumed goods that were produced by modern slavery. From the coffee y…

Jennifer V. Evans, "The Queer Art of History: Queer Kinship After Fascism" (Duke UP, 2023)

January 12, 2024

The Queer Art of History

Jennifer V. Evans
Hosted by Armanc Yildiz

In The Queer Art of History: Queer Kinship After Fascism (Duke UP, 2023), Jennifer V. Evans examines postwar and contemporary German history to broadl…

Con Coughlin, "Assad: The Triumph of Tyranny" (Picador, 2023)

January 12, 2024


Con Coughlin
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

In Assad: The Triumph of Tyranny (Picador, 2023), Con Coughlin, veteran commentator on war in the Middle East and author of Saddam: The Secret Life, e…

Eva van Roekel, "Phenomenal Justice: Violence and Morality in Argentina" (Rutgers UP, 2020)

January 11, 2024

Phenomenal Justice

Eva van Roekel
Hosted by Jeff Bachman

In Phenomenal Justice: Violence and Morality in Argentina (Rutgers University Press, 2020), Eva van Roekel grounds her research in phenomenological an…

Melanie Joy, "How to End Injustice Everywhere: Understanding the Common Denominator Driving All Injustices, to Create a Better World for Humans, Animals, and the Planet" (Lantern, 2023)

January 8, 2024

How to End Injustice Everywhere

Melanie Joy
Hosted by Kyle Johannsen

In this eye-opening and compelling work, psychologist Melanie Joy reveals the common denominator driving all forms of injustice. The mentality that dr…

Paul F. Diehl et al., "When Peacekeeping Missions Collide: Balancing Multiple Roles in Peace Operations" (Oxford UP, 2023)

January 8, 2024

When Peacekeeping Missions Collide

Paul F. Diehl, Daniel Druckman, and Grace B. Mueller
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The contemporary world is beset with a wide variety of conflicts, all of which have features without historical precedent. While most accounts of peac…

Emma Kuby, "Political Survivors: The Resistance, the Cold War, and the Fight against Concentration Camps After 1945" (Cornell UP, 2019)

January 7, 2024

Political Survivors

Emma Kuby
Hosted by Roxanne Panchasi

Emma Kuby’s new book, Political Survivors: The Resistance, the Cold War, and the Fight against Concentration Camps after 1945 (Cornell UP, 2019) trace…

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim, "Decolonizing Human Rights" (Cambridge UP, 2021)

January 3, 2024

Decolonizing Human Rights

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim
Hosted by Kirk Meighoo

In his extensive body of work, Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim challenges both historical interpretations of Islamic Sharia and neo-colonial underst…

Katherine M. Marino, "Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement" (UNC Press, 2019)

January 3, 2024

Feminism for the Americas

Katherine M. Marino

Katherine M. Marino is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an Int…

Laura Briggs, "Taking Children: A History of American Terror" (U California Press, 2020)

December 31, 2023

Taking Children

Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs’s Taking Children: A History of American Terror (University of California Press 2020) is a forceful and captivating book that readers won…

Paolo Caroli, "Transitional Justice in Italy and the Crimes of Fascism and Nazism" (Routledge, 2022)

December 11, 2023

Transitional Justice in Italy and the Crimes of Fascism and Nazism

Paolo Caroli
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Paolo Caroli's book Transitional Justice in Italy and the Crimes of Fascism and Nazism (Routledge, 2022) presents a comprehensive analysis of the Ital…