Each year, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights welcomes a select number of visiting scholars to conduct research on a variety of human rights topics. Past visiting scholars have included federal judges, attorneys, trailblazers in NGO advocacy, academics and medical doctors. These scholars have come from more than 35 countries and form an essential part of ISHR’s global community of human rights researchers, scholars, and advocates.
Prospective scholars and others interested in researching human rights are encouraged to explore the biographies of some of our recent scholars below. Use the tabs below to sort through our scholars by research specialization. Click here for a list of additional visiting scholars.
To learn more about the Visiting Scholars Program and how to apply, click here.
Rosario Figari Layús has a researcher position in social sciences at the University of Konstanz (project sponsord by the European Research Council). She earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of Marburg (Germany). Her thesis research focused on the role of national criminal trials in Argentina. She holds a degree in sociology from the University of Buenos Aires and a MA in Social Sciences from the Humbodlt University of Berlin. She worked as research assistant at the Department of Poltical Sciences of the Free University of Berlin (2008-2009). Her research areas are human rights policies, Transitional Justice in Latin American, national and international prosecutions for human rights crimes. She is also a member of the Argentine Human Rights organization Permanent Assembly for Human Rights.
Mark Mattner holds a PhD in Political Science from McGill University, where he was also a Trudeau Scholar. 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 also holds an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Cecelia Walsh-Russo is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York where she teaches courses on human rights and social movements. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Department of Sociology in 2008. While at Columbia, she was a Cordier Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs. Her research has centered on the spread of tactics within human rights campaigns, beginning with the Anglo-American abolitionist movements of the early 19th century. She is currently conducting research on the dynamics of tactical diffusion within global human rights-based movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, including the Pan-African movement and the current international women’s movement.