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.
To learn more about the Visiting Scholars Program and how to apply, click here.
Associate Professor Sarah Maddison is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales. Her fellowship project is a four-year comparative project exploring dialogue and reconciliation in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Guatemala, and Australia. She has published widely in the fields of social movements, Indigenous political culture, and Australian democracy. Her recent books include Black Politics: Inside the complexity of Aboriginal political culture (Allen and Unwin 2009), Beyond White Guilt: The real challenge to Black-White relations in Australia (Allen and Unwin 2011), and the co-edited collection Unsettling the settler state: Creativity and resistance in Indigenous Settler-state governance (Federation Press 2011).
Paul Mikov is currently Executive Advisor for Policy & External Affairs at the Boris Trajkovski International Foundation, supporting the Foundation’s work with partners such as the Clinton Global Initiative, UNDP and UNICEF in New York, as well as the USAID in Washington DC. After several years in non-profit management and ministerial work in Southern California, Paul joined World Vision International (WVI) in 2003, where he held senior management and leadership roles for about ten years, specializing in humanitarian affairs and policy and advocacy. The last six years, Paul was the Director of WVI’s NY office and the organization’s UN Representative, until August 2012. In that role, Paul worked across the key portfolios of the industry (humanitarian, development, policy/advocacy), and across the most strategic domains: UN, governmental, non-governmental, media, corporate/foundations, and the faith-based domains. At the UN, Paul played pivotal roles in engagements with the UN Security Council, the General Assembly, the Secretariat, and the key specialized agencies, funds and programs of the UN, in particular UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, and WHO. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, two masters’ degrees, and has completed half of the program towards a Doctor of Philosophy.
Mark Mattner is a PhD Candidate in Political Science and Trudeau Scholar at McGill University. His current research focuses on local governance and international political economy aspects of oil production in Africa. Prior to starting his PhD, Mark worked on a number of peace-building and development issues with the World Bank and UNHCR. He holds an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Oxford.