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Governance and Rights

  • The growing cross-border problems and interactions that challenge national frontiers have contributed to the rise of new governance mechanisms at the global, regional, and sub-national levels. This rise has been accompanied by an increasing emphasis on human rights as a set of norms that bind and capture our common humanity. The Governance and Rights Concentration focuses on the principles, institutions, actors, and discourses that animate these new governance mechanisms. It prepares students to critically engage with these evolving trends in how societies are organized and (re)ordered alongside new norms, within new structures and networks. Within the concentration there is currently a special emphasis on the nature of power and agency and the legitimacy of governance structures at the local, national, and transnational levels.

    Governance and Rights courses equip students with practical and analytical skills relating to a wide range of topics, including human rights, displacement and migration, international organizations, and statebuilding. Students in the concentration are also eligible to take courses at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on topics such as international law, human rights, and public health law. Students have access to a broad range of opportunities for research and practice, both through the array of organizations working on governance and rights issues that are located in New York City, and through International Field Program sites in Istanbul, the Balkans, Hong Kong, and other locations.

  • Faculty

    Jaskiran Dhillon

    Jaskiran Dhillon is an anthropologist who works on the state, critical indigenous studies, settler colonialism, youth studies, the anthropology of development, and ethnographic/curatorial methods. Her current research projects focus on indigeneity, decolonization, and climate justice and on the politics of development and youth organizing in contemporary Cambodia. She teaches Indigenous Politics and Environmental Justice, and her book Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press.

    Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is a development economist with years of experience at the World Bank and UNDP. She works on issues of human development and capabilities and the broad question of national and international policy strategies. Her current research includes projects on economic and social rights and the impact of global goal setting on international development agendas. Fukuda-Parr teaches Human Rights and Poverty: Case Studies.

    Cyril Ghosh

    Cyril Ghosh is a political scientist who specializes in political theory and American politics, with research specializations in American government, identity politics and multiculturalism, LGBT studies, and immigration. He is the author of The Politics of the American Dream: Democratic Inclusion in Contemporary American Political Culture and teaches Research Methods and International LGBT Rights.

    Eduardo Gonzalez-Cueva

    Eduardo Gonzalez-Cueva is the director of the Truth and Memory program at the International Center for Transitional Justice. A sociologist, Gonzalez-Cueva has worked on truth-seeking initiatives in East Timor, Morocco, Liberia, Canada, and the Western Balkans and was director of public hearings and victim protection for the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He teaches Human Rights and Transitional Justice and Truth Commissions and Accountability.

    Peter Hoffman

    Peter Hoffman studies international organizations, with a particular concentration on the United Nations, the international humanitarian system, and private authority in global governance. His forthcoming book examines changing beliefs of humanitarian agencies regarding the use of private security contractors to protect aid workers and scrutinizes the consequences of the increasing use of hired guns by relief organizations. He teaches Global Governance, International Organizations and Global Order, and Contemporary Conflicts and Global Responses.

    L.H.M. Ling

    L.H.M. Ling studies knowledge production and its impact on problem solving in international relations. She integrates non-Western epistemes with the Westphalian system of inter-state security to arrive at a more balanced, democratic approach to world politics. She teaches Non-Western Approaches to the World and India-China Interactions.

    Peter Lucas

    Peter Lucas, a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, works on issues of human rights and media, documentary practice, the poetics of witnessing, and participatory media platforms. In addition to directing the International Field Program in Brazil, Lucas teaches Human Rights and Media and Global Youth Media.

    Manjari Mahajan

    Manjari Mahajan is interested in how technical knowledge about health, environment, and development is constituted alongside emerging political and legal orders. She has conducted research on the AIDS epidemics in South Africa and India, the emergence of new ethical and scientific regimes in global health, and the role of intellectual property regimes in shaping agendas in public health and biomedical research in the Global South. She teaches Health, Inequality, and Development and The Politics of Expertise.

    Erin McCandless

    Erin McCandless is a scholar and policy advisor in the areas of peace building and development. McCandless has years of experience, especially in Africa, in policy development, program design and management, advising, and training. She is an executive editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and her current research includes societal and system resilience, social contracts and political compacts, and assessing progress in peace building and state building. She teaches Statebuilding and Peacebuilding.

    Daniel Naujoks

    Daniel Naujoks is a social and political scientist whose primary research interests are international migration, development, citizenship, and transnational studies. Naujoks does policy advisory work for a number of United Nations agencies and serves as the research coordinator for the Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI), New Delhi. His publications focus on citizenship, migration, and diaspora, and he teaches Displacement, Asylum, Migration.

    Dean Piedmont

    Dean Piedmont is a program and policy expert in conflict prevention, peace building, recovery livelihoods, and reintegration who specializes in disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration. He has served with government, bilateral, and nongovernmental organizations, including ten years with UNDP, from 2004 to 2014. Piedmont has worked in Iraq, Sierra Leone, South(ern) Sudan, and Afghanistan, and is currently the managing director for the Peacebuilding, Reintegration and Stabilization Assessment Group. He teaches Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration in Contemporary Peace Operations.

    Everita Silina

    Everita Silina is a political scientist whose research examines the relationship between security, identity, and models of governance. Her publications focus on questions of genocide, human rights, and international law. In addition to directing the Istanbul International Field Program and chairing the Governance and Rights Concentration, she teaches Global Governance.

    Nisha Varia

    Nisha Varia is the advocacy director of the Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. Her research has focused on migration, labor rights, forced labor, and trafficking and she has published several reports and carried out advocacy campaigns across Asia and the Middle East. She teaches Human Rights Research and Advocacy.

    Maxine Weisgrau

    Maxine Weisgrau is an anthropologist who has conducted fieldwork research in Rajasthan, India, for more than 30 years. Her research focuses on nongovernmental organizations and rural development programs in villages in and around the Udaipur District. Weisgrau also works on issues of gender, development, and political participation. She teaches Gender and Development.


    Advocacy and Global Governance – Thomas Kruse  

    Borders, Migrants, States – Alexandra Delano 

    Business and Human Rights – Yana Rodgers                              

    Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality – Alberto Minujin

    Conflict, Morality, and Norms – Anna DiLellio       

    Contemporary Conflicts and Global Responses - Peter Hoffman

    Countering Violent Extremism – Dean Piedmont

    Cuba: Critical Concepts  - Gabriel Vignoli

    Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration in Contemporary Peace Operations – Dean Piedmont 

    Displacement, Asylum, Migration – Daniel Naujoks

    Food, Farming, and Capitalism – Christopher London                

    Forced Migration: Concepts and Policy - Thomas Aleinikoff

    Gender and Development – Maxine Weisgrau

    Global Governance – Everita Silina and Peter Hoffman    

    Global Health, Poverty, and Development - Manjari Mahajan

    Global Soccer, Global Politics – Sean Jacobs and Tony Karon

    Global Supply Chains and Corporate Environmental Sustainability - David O'Connor

    Global Youth Media – Peter Lucas

    Globalized Labor - Scott Martin

    Human Rights and Media – Peter Lucas

    Human Rights and Poverty: Case Studies – Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    Human Rights Research and Advocacy – Nisha Varia

    Humanitarian Intervention - Anna Di Lellio

    Indigenous Politics and Environmental Justice - Jaskiran Dhillon

    Justice After Violent Conflict - Eduardo Gonzalez-Cueva

    Media and Politics of Propaganda - Nina Khrushcheva

    Migration of Memory - Jonathan Bach

    Non-Western Approaches to World Politics – L.H.M. Ling

    Politics of Expertise - Manjari Mahajan

    Politics of Infrastructure - Antina von Schnitzler

    Postcolonial and Feminist Theories in International Relations - L.H.M. Ling

    Private-Public Partnerships for Development - Barbara Adams

    Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation for Peacebuilding – Erin McCandless

    Surveillance, Privacy, and Human Rights - Filip Pospisil

    Social Policy and Inclusive Development – Scott Martin

    Statebuilding and Peacebuilding – Erin McCandless

    Sustainable Peace and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Erin McCandless

    Technopolitics - Stephen Collier and Antina von Schnitzler

    The United Nations and World Order - Peter Hoffman

    Trade Agreements and Health Equity - Judit Rius

    UN Peace Operations in Post-Conflict Transitions – Erin McCandless

    Cardozo Courses

    Administrative Law 

    Arab-Israeli Conflict 

    Children and the Law 

    Comparative Law 

    Constitution and U.S. Foreign Affairs 

    Employment Law 

    European Legal Systems and the Holocaust 

    Disability Law and Its Implications

    Immigration Law 

    Internal Dispute Resolution

    International Human Rights 

    International Law


    Labor Law 

    Public Health Law and Policy 

    Rights of Prisoners and Detainees