About Us

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Teaching Human Rights is a website devoted to helping people share ideas and learn about human rights from multiple perspectives. Information sharing, discussion, debate, are central to its aims. It is directed by Professor David Palumbo-Liu and team of colleagues and students at Stanford University.

The site is made up of two components. One is meant for anyone looking for information and resources on current and past human rights issues. The other is meant for those who wish to collaborate in any number of ways in curating this website. Collaborators would thus include teachers who wish to share syllabi, resources, assignments, and perhaps have their students work with students at other institutions; researchers who wish to form teams or simply share their work or ask for advice; members of NGOs and other organizations who wish to publicize their work and work with others. We invite those interested in collaborating to email Professor Palumbo-Liu: palumbo-liu at stanford.edu.

Who are we?

David Palumbo-Liu’s fields of interest include social and cultural criticism, literary theory and criticism, East Asian and Asia Pacific American studies. His most recent book, The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age (Duke, 2012) addresses the role of contemporary humanistic literature with regard to the instruments and discourses of globalization, seeking to discover modes of affiliation and transnational ethical thinking; he is also co-editor with Bruce Robbins and Nirvana Tanoukhi of Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture (Duke, 2011). Palumbo-Liu is most interested in issues regarding social theory, community, race and ethnicity, human rights, globalization, ecology, and the specific role that literature and the humanities play in helping us address each of these areas.


James Cavallaro, the founding director of Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, has dedicated his career to human rights—in both his scholarly research and his legal practice. His extensive expertise is derived from active involvement in the defense of rights, in the development of international human rights law and the human rights movement, particularly in the Americas, and in international human rights litigation. A prolific scholar and sought-after voice on international human rights issues, he is frequently called upon to offer his expertise by the media and civil society


Jackie Fielder is a student of public policy and sociology at Stanford. She is co-president of Project Motivation, a student group that provides free tours and insight into the First-Generation/Low-income college experience to middle schools and high schools across California. She is always looking for new ways to connect her passions for educational equity, human rights, indigenous rights, non-violence, and social justice.


Malcolm Lizzappi is a rising junior at Stanford in the program for African and African American Studies. He is currently working on a documentary on the national movement for black lives. His particular interests involve the nexus of arts, human rights, social justice work and activism.