Human Rights Initiative awards to HHH faculty Levison and Ron

The Human Rights Initiative, a joint initiative of the College of Liberal Arts and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is very excited to announce our 2018 grantees.

The following projects were among five selected from an excellent pool of applicants. These projects represent the depth and breadth of human rights research being conducted at the University of Minnesota, positioning the University as a leader in important human rights debates on the national and international level.

Howard Lavine (Political Science) and James Ron (Public Affairs)
Retooling U.S.-Based Human Rights Work for the Populist Era

Professors Lavine and Ron are partnering with the leading human rights organizations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), to develop and conduct a nationally representative survey that will probe U.S. public opinion on human rights principles, policies and organizations. The survey will oversample conservative voters and feature a number of framing experiments to probe the sort of appeals, and source cues, that might sway this population. This data will feed directly into the advocacy and research of both HRW and CVT, and will help both organizations more vigorously defend human rights in this uncertain time.

Deborah Levison (Public Affairs) and Frances Vavrus (Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development--also MDP faculty)
Animating Children's Views: Implementing Article 12 of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Using Innovative Survey Methods

Children have the right to be heard on matters that concern them, yet their voices are often marginalized in research. Professors Levison and Vavrus aim to change that through this project, in which they are developing a human rights-based survey methodology specifically for use with children. The focus of the research for this pilot project will be on human rights in relation to children’s education and work/chores. This new tool will allow researchers to include the voices of children in large-scale household surveys, which will in turn have a significant effect on human rights policy and programming.

We would like to thank the Faculty that served on the Selection Committee for their service and the College of Liberal Arts and Humphrey School of Public Affairs for their commitment to advancing human rights research.

Amelia Shindelar
Coordinator | Master of Human Rights & Human Rights Initiative
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