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Samuel J. Best is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut and the former director of the Center for Survey Research and Analysis. He is the author of numerous books and articles on public opinion and survey methods. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Ken Betsalel revived a Ph.D from U.C. Berkeley. He teaches in the Department of Political Science and the Humanities Program at the University of North Carolina Asheville. His areas of expertise include the politics of culture and political theory. Betsalel is currently researching issues related to human rights and film.

Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor in the Global and International Studies program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of the related works, The Politics of Human Rights in Argentina (1994) and From Tribal Village to Global Village: Indian Rights and International Relations in Latin America (2000). Her co-edited volume, From Human Trafficking to Human Rights, is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Frank Deale is Professor of Law at the CUNY Law School and a former Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York.

Ariadna Estévez has a Ph.D. in Human Rights (University of Sussex, UK), a M.A. in Political Sociology (City University, UK) and a first degree in Journalism and Mass Media (National Autonomous University of Mexico). Currently she works as a full time researcher at the Centre for Research on North America, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and tutor in the M.A. in Human Rights and Democracy at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). Her current research interests are human rights discourses as the basis for a decolonized global justice, in the context of international migration, and the construction of a sociopolitical theory of human rights. She is the author of several academic articles, including: “Taking The Human Rights of Migrants Seriously: Towards a Decolonized Global Justice,”14 International Journal of Human Rights (2010), and “A Latin American Sociopolitical Conceptualization of Human Rights,” Journal of Human Rights (2008). She is also the author of Human Rights and Free Trade in Mexico: a Sociopolitical and Discursive Perspective (New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2008).

Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. His most recent book publications include International Human Rights Law: Returning to Universal Principles (Rowman & Littlefield 2008) and two edited volumes The Age of Apology: Facing Up to the Past (Mark Gibney et al. eds., Univ. of Pennsylvania Press 2007) and Universal Human Rights and Extraterritorial Obligations [End Page 1198] (Mark Gibney & Sigrun Skogly eds., Univ. of Pennsylvania Press 2010); Sabine Carey, Mark Gibney & Steven Poe, The Politics of Human Rights: The Quest for Human Dignity (Cambridge Univ. Press 2010). Gibney has managed the coding for the PTS since 1984. He received the 2006 International Human Rights Award from the N.C. Human Rights Coalition. He was named 2008 visiting distinguished professor in the faculty of law at Lancaster University in England.

Shareen Hertel is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut and holds a joint appointment with the university’s Human Rights Institute. She is the author of Unexpected Power: Conflict and Change Among Transnational Activists (Cornell 2006), co-editor of Economic Rights: Conceptual, Measurement, and Policy Issues (Cambridge 2007), co-editor of Human Rights In the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism (Cambridge 2011), and has published numerous scholarly articles.

Christopher Jeffords is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut. His dissertation proposal, focusing on the intersection between environmental and resource economics and human rights, was recently awarded the William R. Waters Research Grant through the Association for Social Economics. He plans to complete his degree requirements in 2012.

Geoffrey W. G. Leane, Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury. He received his legal education at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Law School, and taught in Australia before beginning a lecturing position at Canterbury in 1997. He teaches and publishes in the areas of Jurisprudence, International...


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