Human Rights

UConn Anthropology has extensive expertise in the anthropology of human rights. Faculty and student research encompasses a broad range of rights issues, including cultural rights, the right to health, the rights of migrants, international criminal tribunals, and the history and contested universalism of human rights. Faculty and students work closely with UConn’s interdisciplinary Human Rights Institute.

César Abadía-Barrero

Cesar AbadiaCésar Abadía-Barrero
Assistant Professor
DMSc. Harvard, 2003
Phone: +1 860 486 2137
Office: BH 436


  • 2005-Present. Granting the right to health to all – Several grants awarded to the organization Salud al Derecho. Named Investigator in several grants, Head of the Research Commission. Themes: use of judicial mechanisms and social mobilization for the right to health in Colombia.
  • 2017-2018. Kim M. Gans and Deborah Redford-Badwal (CO-PIs), César Abadía-Barrero (CO-I). Formative Research to Inform Childhood Obesity and Dental Caries Interventions. InCHIP seed grant.
  • 2005-2017. “Health Ruins: The Capitalist Transformation of Medical Care.” Several grants for the ethnographic study of the crisis, closure, and privatization of Colombia’s most legendary child and maternity teaching hospital. Principal Investigator.
  • 2013-2014. IV Oral Health National Survey. Ministry of Health, Colombia. Academic Advisor and Principal Investigator of the Qualitative Component.
  • 2008 – Present. Academic advisor, co-investigator or principal investigator of different projects studying links between the privatized health care system in Colombia and Chagas disease, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, and worker’s disability.

Françoise Dussart

Francoise DussartProfessor
Ph.D. Australian National, 1989
Office: BH 428
Phone: +1 860 486 4517



Dussart, F., and S. Poirier. 2017. Entangled Territorialities: Negotiating Indigenous Lands in Australia and Canada. University of Toronto Press: Toronto, Canada.

Pamela Erickson

Pamela EricksonProfessor
Ph.D. Buffalo, 1993
Dr. P.H., UCLA
Office: BH 431
Phone: +1 860 486 1736


Samuel Martinez

Samuel MartinezAssociate Professor
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1991
Office: BH 430
Phone: +1 860 486 4515


Merrill Singer

Merrill SingerProfessor
Ph.D. Utah, 1979
Office: BH 437
Phone: +1 860 486 0093


Sarah Willen

Sarah_WillenAssociate Professor &
Director, Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights (HRI)
Office: BH 401


  • 2016-Present. ARCHES | AmeRicans' Conceptions of Health Equity Study
  • 2014-2015. Ethnographic perspectives on the CDC Museum's "Health Is A Human Right" exhibition (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2014- Social justice research & advocacy in the medical school curriculum (New York, NY)
  • 2000-2017. Illegality, migration, and health among unauthorized West African and Filipino migrant workers in Israel; migrant advocacy and activism (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • 2007. Humanitarian and human rights responses to the irregular migration of Sudanese, Eritrean, and Ivorian asylum seekers across the Egypt/Israel border (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • 1999. Human rights responses to sexually transmitted diseases among refugees from Nagorno/Karabakh (Baku, Azerbaijan, with CDC)

Richard Wilson

Ph.D. London School of Economics, 1990
Office: BH 405
Phone: +1 860 486 3851