The Human Rights Revolution of the Twentieth Century: A Global History


Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars




This project employs an expansive humanistic framework that moves beyond a strictly historical perspective to recover the contested and contingent meanings of the global human rights revolution of the twentieth century. I explore the myriad geographical, cultural, and gendered perspectives of states and peoples from the United States, Western Europe, and the colonial and postcolonial worlds who sought to employ transnational norms, advocacy, and justice to create a space beyond the local and the national to more fully realize human dignity and welfare. Furthermore, I analyze the place of the visual arts and the law in the making of this global human rights imagination.