Rhoda Howard-Hassmann

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University, jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Since 1993 she has been 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 of the American Political Science Association, and in November 2013 she was awarded the John William Dawson Medal for interdisciplinary research by the Royal Society of Canada. Her most recent books include Reparations to Africa (2008) and Can Globalization Promote Human Rights? (2010), as well as her co-edited Economic Rights in Canada and the United States (2006) and The Age of Apology (2008). She maintains a website on political apologies and reparations as well as a blog, Rights&Rightlessness. Her current research is on state food crimes, including case studies of North Korea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Canada.


  1. 2015 Howard Hassmann R and Walton-Roberts M University of Pennsylvania Press
  2. 2013 Reconsidering the Right to Own Property, vol 12 pp 180-97
  3. 2013 Historical Amnesia, Genocide, and the Rejection of Universal Human Rights, in Mark Goodale ed New York: Oxford University Press pp 172-82
  4. 2012 State-Induced Famine and Penal Starvation in North Korea, vol7 no 2/3 pp 147-65
  5. 2012 The Sceptical Forsythe: Peace, Human Rights, and Realpolitik, vol 11 no 3 356-9
  6. 2010 University Park PA: Pennsylvania State University Press
  7. Anthony P. Lombardo 2008 Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
  8. Mark Gibney, Jean-Marc Coicaud and Niklaus Steiner) <em>The Age of Apology: Facing Up to the Past</em> (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 2008 Co-Editor (with Mark Gibney Jean-Marc Coicaud and Niklaus Steiner) (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press)

Academic/Professional Awards

  1. 2010. Senior Editor, Encyclopedia of Human Rights (2009), winner of the Dartmouth Medal from the Reference and User Services Association (David P. Forsythe, Editor in Chief)
  2. 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.
  3. 2006. Named first Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights, by the Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association.
  4. 2005.Named Torgny Segerstadt Visiting Professor of Human Rights, Goteborg University, Sweden.
  5. 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)