The Institute for the Study of Human Rights welcomes scholars wishing to engage in research in the area of human rights. The Visiting Scholars Program is designed to link the visiting scholars with the Columbia community by providing connections to faculty members and encouraging participation in conferences and seminars.
Read the selected biographies of some of our recent scholars below. (Note: Bios may not be up to date.) Click here for a list of additional visiting scholars.
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Katrine Bregengaard is a researcher an curator based in New York. Her work seeks to critically investigate the genealogy of human rights theory, practice and their claim to universality, particularly in relation to their visual representation in exhibitions, museums and digital media. She is the founder of the Human Rights Exhibition Project — a traveling research initiative exhibiting the archive of UNESCO’s Human Rights Exhibition from 1949. She has exhibited her research on in New York, Copenhagen and Galway and is currently organizing exhibitions in Paris and Perth. Katrine holds an MA in Human Rights from Columbia University and a BA in Philosophy from Copenhagen university. She has previously worked on safe migration and labour rights in Kathmandu and at Danish Mission to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and is currently building a digital archive directory based on the historical use of photography, digital media and the arts in the human rights field.
Christine Bader is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and a Human Rights Advisor to BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). She also co-teaches Human Rights and Business in ISHR’s summer session. After earning her MBA from Yale, Christine joined BP plc and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. In 2006 she created a part-time pro bono role as Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for business and human rights, a role she took up full-time in 2008 until the U.N. mandate ended in 2011. Ms. Bader has published numerous op-eds and articles and given talks to conferences, companies, and universities around the world, including a TEDx talk entitled “Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist.” She holds a BA magna cum laude from Amherst College and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.