Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, where she holds a joint appointment in the Department of Global Studies and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, and Professor Emerita at McMaster University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from McGill University (1976), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2006 she was named the first Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights by the Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association. She originated and directed McMaster's now defunct undergraduate minor Theme School on International Justice and Human Rights (1993-99).
Dr. Howard-Hassmann is the author of Colonialism and Underdevelopment in Ghana (1978), Human Rights in Commonwealth Africa (1986), Human Rights and the Search for Community (1995), Compassionate Canadians: Civic Leaders Discuss Human Rights (2003), Reparations to Africa (2008), and The Second Great Transformation: Human Rights Leapfrogging in the Era of Globalization (forthcoming 2010). She is also co-editor of an International Handbook of Human Rights (1987); Economic Rights in Canada and the United States (2006); and The Age of Apology: Facing up to the Past (2007). Compassionate Canadians was named 2004 Outstanding Book in Human Rights by the Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association; Economic Rights in Canada and the United States was named a notable book for 2008 by the United States Human Rights Network, a coalition of 200 non-governmental organizations. Dr. Howard-Hassmann has also published numerous articles and book chapters on human rights and development in Africa; women's rights; gay and lesbian rights; Canadian foreign and refugee policy; and theoretical, methodological and sociological issues in international and Canadian human rights. Her current research interests include human security and state-induced famine.
Read Rhoda's blog at http://rhodahassmann.blogspot.ca/
- 2009. "Universal Human Rights: How Public Sociology Can Help Shape This Universal Value," in Vincent P. Jeffries, ed. Handbook of Public Sociology, Lanham, Md; Rowman and Littlefield.
- 2009. "Reply to Paul O'Connell," Human Rights Law Review, vol. 9, no. 1, 127-33.
- 2008. Reparations to Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
- 2007. Co-Editor (with Mark Gibney, Jean-Marc Coicaud and Niklaus Steiner) The Age of Apology: Facing Up to the Past (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press)
- 2007. "Reparations for the Slave Trade: Rhetoric, Law, History and Political Realities," Canadian Journal of African Studies. Vol. 41, no 3, pp. 427-54.
- 2008. Co-Editor, Economic Rights in Canada and the United States (2006): named a notable book for 2008 by the United States Human Rights Network.
- 2006. Named first Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights, by the Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association.
- 2005.Named Torgny Segerstadt Visiting Professor of Human Rights, Goteborg University, Sweden.
- 2004. Awarded 2004 Outstanding Book in Human Rights, by the Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association (for Compassionate Canadians: Civic Leaders Discuss Human Rights, University of Toronto Press, 2003)