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University to publish human rights journal

by Cindy Weiss - March 20, 2006

The Journal of Human Rights, a major international scholarly publication, will be based at UConn now that Richard Hiskes, professor of political science, has been named editor.

The journal was previously based at Wellesley College, where it was founded five years ago and edited by Thomas Cushman, a Wellesley professor of sociology.

It is published quarterly, with seven to 10 peer-reviewed articles in each issue from scholars in what Hiskes calls “a tremendously growing field” in academia.

Academic study of human rights used to be centered on the law, but the liberal arts disciplines of political science, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, and history are increasingly involved, he notes.

The Human Rights Institute and the human rights endowed faculty chair, established this year with a gift from Judi and Gary Gladstein, ’66, along with the establishment of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center 10 years ago and now the transfer of the journal to UConn, are making the University a major center of human rights research, Hiskes says.

“UConn is really riding the wave,” he adds.

Richard Wilson, the Judi and Gary Gladstein Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and director of the Human Rights Institute, is associate editor of the journal.

Richard Goldstone, former chief justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, who is a member of the Humanities Institute’s board, is on the journal’s editorial board.

The journal has benefited from the commitment of the University to human rights and from support by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School, Hiskes says.

He characterizes the journal’s editorial style as “a little edgy,” treating topics that challenge orthodoxy. The first issue under Hiskes’s editorship examines the treatment of Israel by the human rights community.

A 2004 Times Literary Supplement review of the journal said that it takes “an impressively wide-ranging and imaginative approach to its subject.”

The journal’s new managing editor is Aaron Paterson, a Ph.D. student in political science, and the book editor is Serena Parekh, assistant professor of philosophy. The website address is www.jhr.uconn.edu.

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