Job: RA/TA for Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Human Rights Program at UChicago, Deadline February 4

The Human Rights Program is hiring a graduate student to assist Rodolfo Stavenhagen, the Richard and Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights, who will be teaching a five-week course during Spring 2011. The student will work as a Research Assistant for Winter 2011 and as a Teaching Assistant for the course during Spring 2011. The title of the course is “Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples in the New Millenium”.

Please send a cover letter and CV to Sarah Patton Moberg at spmoberg@uchicago.eduby Friday, February 4, 2011.

A brief announcement of the appointment and biography of Rodolfo Stavenhagen is copied below.

The Human Rights Program and the College are pleased to announce that Professor Rodolfo Stavenhagen will be the Richard & Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights in Spring Quarter 2011.  Professor Stavenhagen represents the sort of mixture of academic excellence and public practice that the Pozen professorship seeks to recognize.  Professor Stavenhagen is a world-renowned authority on the rights of indigenous people.  In addition to his academic activities, in 2001 he was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, a position he held until 2008.

Rodolfo Stavenhagen grew up in Mexico where he and his German-Jewish refugee parents had fled just prior to the outbreak of World War 2.  In the late 1940s he was sent to theCollege of the University of Chicago where he earned an A.B. degree in 1951 and learned to speak English with a Chicago accent.  Professor Stavenhagen has said that his interest in human rights was sparked at the University of Chicago where as a College student he met distinguished visitors Eleanor Roosevelt and W.E.B. DuBois.

Professor Stavenhagen has had a notable career in both the academy and in the protection of international human rights. He has been a member of the faculty of the Colegio de Mexico since 1965 and a visiting professor at Stanford University , Harvard University , and theUniversity of Paris .  He has served as President of the Latin American network of social science research institutions FLACSO (Facultad LatinoAmericano de Ciencias Sociales) and on the board of the Social Sciences Research Council. He has received numerous recognitions for his academic work from institutions in Europe, Asia, and the Americas .

In the field of human rights, in addition to his period as Special Rapporteur, he has served on various commissions for the United Nations and other international organizations including the International Labor Organization. He has served on the boards of many NGOs and has advised intergovernmental bodies, NGOs, and philanthropic foundations on the rights of the indigenous. He was a founding member and first President of Mexico’s firsthuman rights NGO, the Mexican Human Rights Academy , and has also served on the governmental Human Rights Commission.