Universal Human Rights Month 2021

Universal Human Rights Month

December DEI Spotlight Maen Hammad teaches kids to skateboard in Palestine.

This month, we celebrate "Universal Human Rights Month" which commemorates the inalienable rights of human beings, irrespective of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.


Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion
Dr. Eric Montgomery

Dr. Eric Montgomery, an adviser in the MSU College of Social Science’s Peace and Justice Studies, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology who has dedicated his career to the study of peace, conflict, and human rights.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Harnoor Kaur

Harnoor Kaur is a third-year MSU political science and criminal justice major whose work on violence against the trans community, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and international law has won the respect of her classmates and professor in her ANP 321: Human Rights course.

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Maen Hammad

Mr. Maen Hammad, an MSU political science alumnus. Mr. Hammad, photographer, filmmaker, and activist is an experienced human rights researcher and campaigner at Amnesty International.

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Additional Resources

  • Academic Books
    • Alexandrakis, Othon, ed. 2016. Impulse to Act: A New Anthropology of Resistance and Social Justice. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

    • Barash, David P., and Charles P. Webel. 2019. Peace and Conflict Studies. Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA, USA.

    • Clarke, Kamari. 2019. Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

    • Dahir, Zeinab A. 2017. Blurred Intersections: The Anti-Black, Islamophobic Dimensions of CVE Surveillance. Minneapolis, St. Paul Police.

    • Clifford, James. 1988. The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 

    • Fry, Douglas P. 2007. Beyond War: The Human Potential for Peace. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

    • Geschiere, Peter. 2013. Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust: Africa in Comparison. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    • Goodale, Mark, and Sally Engle Merry, eds. 2007. The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Global and the Local. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

    • Ross, Fiona C. 2003. Bearing Witness: Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. London: Pluto Press.

    • Wilson, Richard, ed. 1997. Human Rights, Culture and Context: Anthropological Perspectives. London, UK: Pluto.

  • Academic Articles
    • Brunnegger, S. (2020). Ethnographies of Justice: Doing Some Justice to “Justice and Law”, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 43: 296-303.

    • Clemmer, Richard O. 2014. “ Anthropology, the Indigenous and Human Rights: Which Billiard Balls Matter Most?" Anthropological Theory 14, no. 1: 92-117.

    • Drexler, Elizabeth. 2020. Speaking Truth to Power in a Post‐Truth Era: Multidimensional and Intersectional Justice, Anthropology Today, 36: 4-6. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8322.12550

    • Goldstein, Daniel M. 2003. “In Our Own Hands”: Lynching, Justice, and the Law in Bolivia, American Ethnologist 30.1: 22–43.

    • Goodale, Mark. 2007. Locating Rights, Envisioning Law between the Global and the Local. In The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Global and the Local. Edited by Mark Goodale and Sally Engle Merry, 1–38. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

    • Hydle, Ida. 2006. An Anthropological Contribution to Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Contemporary Justice Review 9, no. 3: 257-267.

    • Laplante, Lisa J., and Kimberly Theidon. 2007. Truth with Consequences: Justice and Reparations in Post-Truth Commission Peru, Human Rights Quarterly 29, no. 1: 228-50.

    • Merry, Sally Engle. 2011. Measuring the World: Indicators, Human Rights, and Global Governance: With CA comment by John M. Conley. In Special issue: Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form. Edited by Damani J. Partridge, Marina Welker, and Rebecca Hardin. Current Anthropology 52.S3: S83–S95.

    • Messer, Ellen. 2009. Anthropology, Human Rights, and Social Transformation. In Human Rights: An Anthropological Reader. Edited by Mark Goodale, 104–135. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

    • Rubin, Gayle. 1997. The Traffic in Women : Notes on the ‘Political Economy’ of Sex. In Nicholson, Linda, ed. The Second Wave: A Reader in Feminist Theory. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 27–62, ISBN 9780415917612.

    • Shaw, Rosalind. 2007. Memory Frictions: Localizing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Volume 1, Issue 2, July, Pages 183–207, https://doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijm008

    • Turner, Paul R., and David Pitt. 1989. The Anthropology of War and Peace., Praeger: West Port, CT, USA.

    • von Schnitzler, Antina. 2014. Performing Dignity: Human Rights, Citizenship, and the Techno‐Politics of Law in South Africa, American Ethnologist Vol. 41, Issue 2: 336–350.

    • Wolf, Eric R., and Joseph G. Jorgensen. 1970. Anthropology on the Warpath in Thailand, The New York Review of Books 15, no. 9: 26-35.

    • Yarbrough, Dilara. 2020. ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’: Reading Protests against Oppressive Knowledge Production as Guidelines for Solidarity Research, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 49, no. 1: 58–85, February. https://doi.org/10.1177/0891241619857134.

  • Films
  • General Public Books
    • Almeida, Paul. 2019. Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization. Berkley, CA: University of California Press.

    • Appadurai, A., 1996. Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Vol. 1). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

    • Asad, Talal. 1973. Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter. New York, NY: Humanities Press.

    • Baker, Lee D., and Thomas C. Patterson. 1994. Race, Racism, and the History of US Anthropology, Transforming Anthropology 5, no. 1‐2: 1-7.

    • Das, Veena, and Deborah Poole. 2004. Anthropology in the Margins of the State. Santa Fe, N.M.: School of American Research Press.

    • Mama, Amina. 2002. Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity. Routledge: Philadelphia, USA.

    • Mamdani, Mahmood. 2001. When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda. PRINCETON; OXFORD: Princeton University Press. 

    • Moyn, Samuel. 2018. Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World. Cambridge, MA:  Belknap Press

    • Renton, James, ed. 2020. Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order. Routledge: Philadelphia, PA, USA.

    • Sanford, Victoria. 2003. Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala. New York, NY:  Palgrave Macmillan.

    • Theidon, Kimberly. 2013. Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    • Wilson, Richard A. 2017. Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    • Wilson, Richard A. 2001. The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Legitimizing the Post-Apartheid State. Cambridge Studies in Law and Society. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

  • General Public Articles
    • Danne, Alexander P. 2004. Customary and Indigenous Law in Transitional Post-Conflict States: A South Sudanese Case Study, Monash UL Rev. 30: 199.

    • Das, Veena. 2007. Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

    • Juris, J.S. 2012, Reflections on #Occupy Everywhere: Social Media, Public Space, and Emerging Logics of Aggregation, American Ethnologist 39: 259-279.

    • Ortiz, Isabel, Sara Burke, Mohamed Berrada, and Hernán Cortés. 2013. World Protests 2006-2013. Initiative for Policy Dialogue and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Working Paper 2013.unpublished.

    • Ralph, Laurence. 2020. The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    • Renton, James, ed. 2020. Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order. Routledge: Philadelphia, PA, USA.

    • Riles, Annelise. 2000. The Network Inside Out. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.