Here, you can browse the research, field experiences and addresses given at the University of Dayton Human Rights Center's Social Practice of Human Rights conferences. Note: Most of the items in the collection are working papers or abstracts for papers that have not yet been published. For completed papers, contact the individual authors.

This biennial conference provides a unique space for scholars, practitioners and advocates to engage in collaboration, dialogue and critical analysis of human rights advocacy — locally and globally. Learn more about the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton >>>.

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Papers from 2017

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The Political Psychology of Environmental Civil Resistance, Stephen Arves

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The Forgotten Ones: Domestic Child Soldiers in the United States, Jesse Bach

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The Dignity of the Human Person: Catholic and Islamic Approaches to Human Rights, Matthew Bagot

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Transnational Abolitionist Rhetoric to End Modern Slavery, Laura Barrio-Vilar

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Faith-Based Approaches to Asylum: New Appeals to Accountability? Using Faith-Based Principles as Soft Law, Jinan Bastaki

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Economic Rights in Catholic Social Teaching, Andrew Beauchamp and Jason Heron

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The Business of Being Good: How it Pays to Be a Humanitarian State, Taylor Benjamin-Britton and Danielle Scherer

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Political Asylum and Enlightened False Consciousness: The Challenges of Human Rights Advocacy in Israel, Ilil Benjamin

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Providing Refuge: A Regime Analysis of Legal Protections for Displaced Persons in Sub-Saharan Africa, Natasha Bennett and Hannah K. Brown

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Understanding Truth: How Commissioners Influence the Final Report of a Truth Commission, Christine Bianco

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The 'Nayirah' Effect: The Role of Target States’ Human Rights Violations and Victims’ Emotive Images in War Support, Joseph Braun and Kiyoung Chang

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Climate Change, Development, and the Global Commons, Robert J. Brecha

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Development, Energy, and Climate Change Policy: Enabling Sustainable Development through Access to Energy, Robert J. Brecha

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No Human Right to Sodomy: Christian Conservative Opposition to SOGI Human Rights, Cynthia Burack

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Collective Memory of Past Human Rights Abuses-South Korea, Ñusta Carranza Ko

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Democratic Civic Engagement: Transformative Local, Inclusive Decision-Making to Achieve Global Peace and Climate Solutions, Leah Ceperley

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Ordinary 'Worthiness': Sex Work, Police Raids, and Human Rights Violence in Sonagachhi, Simanti Dasgupta

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Invisible Women: Syrian Victims of Gender-Based Violence as a Particular Social Group in U.S. Asylum Law, Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak

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Human Rights and Disability, Lowell Ewert

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2017 Conference Program, Youssef Farhat and Kathleen Kargl

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Mass Displacement of Destitute People: A Trigger for Non-Refoulement Protection?, Bernardo de Souza Dantas Fico and Leticia Machado Haertel

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The Path to 'Never Again': Human Rights Protest in Latin America, James Franklin

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From Stateless to Citizen: Trust, Disclosure, and Collaboration with Guatemalan Refugees as Human Rights Practice, Oscar F. Gil-Garcia

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Overview of Current Human Rights Challenges in the Philippines and the People’s Response, Angie M. Gonzales

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Construction of the Victims of Human Rights Violation: The Case of the Erased Residents of Slovenia, Barbara Gornik

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Agency, Equality and Courage: A Case Study of Women on the Front Lines of Egypt’s 2011 Revolution, Carol Gray

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The Power and Pathologies of Language: How Human Rights Messaging Can Also Affect Support for Violent Non-State Actors, Alexandra Haines, Michele Leiby, and Matthew Krain

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The New Disappeared: Illegality, the Deportation Regime, and the Resurrection of State Violence, Miranda Cady Hallett

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Impacts of the Trump Administration’s Policies on Immigrants and Refugees in Dayton, Miranda Cady Hallett and Theo J. Majka

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The Socialization of Human Rights as an Inroad to Protect Sacred Space, Leonard Hammer

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Building Academic/Practitioner Teams for Human Rights Projects: Examples, Lessons Learned, and Pitfalls to Avoid, Theresa Harris

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Transformations of Free Movement: Syrian Refugee Rights within Neoliberal Signal Territories, Jordan Hayes

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Teaching about Modern Slavery: Highlighting Human Rights Principles in Evaluating Economic Systems, Barbara E. Hopkins

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Drawing Upon Our Roots and Charism to Address Climate Change and Build Bridges of Dialogue in Addressing Human Rights and Achieving an Integral Ecology, Leanne M. Jablonski

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Engaging Human Rights Norms to Realize Universal and Equitable Health Care in Massachusetts, April Jakubec, Mariah McGill, and Gillian MacNaughton

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Homophobia, Human Rights and Diplomacy, Douglas Janoff

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Narrating Human Trafficking: Advocacy Strategies in the Face of Apathy, Invisibility, and Indifference, Kelli Lyon Johnson

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Factors Affecting Domestic Refugee Policy Development: An Analysis of South Korea’s Case, Yun Ju Kang

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Doing Greater Good, While Doing No Individual Harm: A Public Health Approach to Human Trafficking Using a Human Rights-Centered Model, Patrick L. Kerr and Rachel Dash

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Faith-Based Resistance, Human Rights, and Emancipatory Practices, Curtis Kline

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Where Do We Go from Here? Charting Perceptions of the Impact of the Human Rights City Boston Resolution, Kostas Koutsioumpas, Maggie Schneider, and Matthew Annunziato

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Silenced Agency Gains a Voice?, Katarina Lucas

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Human Development, Human Rights, and the 50th Anniversary of Populorum Progressio, Ellen Maccarone

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Inequalities, Human Rights, and Sustainable Development Goal 10, Gillian MacNaughton

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Elections in the Shadow of Ebola: Sierra Leone’s African Socialist Movement and the Struggle for Democracy, Joshua McDermott

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Gender, Displacement and Transitional Justice, Sinead McGrath

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Out of the Prison and Onto the Streets: The Trafficking of Incarcerated Women (a Trans-Disciplinary Media Research Project), Mei-Ling McNamara

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Naming Rape: The Social Practice of Power, Agency, and Victimization in the Italo-Ethiopian War, 1936-1940, Caroline Waldron Merithew

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Brothers-in-Arms: Religious Extremism and Economic Growth in India, Sirisha C. Naidu

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Displacement, Urban Populations, and the Right to Space and Place: Syrians in Istanbul and Colombians in Medellín, Stephanie Nawyn and Claudia Maria Lopez

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Making the Sustainable Development Goals Really Sustainable: Human Rights Strategies to Improve Land Tenure Rights and Wages for the Poor, Paul J. Nelson

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Multi-Method Research in Partnership with Myanmar Refugee Women in Dallas, Texas: Understanding How Ethnic Diversity Influences the Design and Development of a Resettlement Community Center, Chie Noyori Corbett and David Moxley

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Shaming the Truth: Naming and Shaming and Transitional Justice, Christopher F. Patane and Marc S. Polizzi

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A New Future? The Catholic Church, Grassroots Justice, and Accountability, Regina Menachery Paulose

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Roundtable – Teaching Human Rights: Challenges and Best Practices, Shayna Plaut, Kristi Kenyon, Joel Pruce, and William Simmons

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Cross-National Coverage of Cross-Border Transit Migration: A Community Structure Approach, John C. Pollock, Kevin O'Brien, Madison Ouellette, Maria Gottfried, Petra Kovacs, Lauren Longo, and Taylor Hart-McGonigle

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Encounters with Climate Change: How SDG 13 Can Move from Awareness to Action, Rebecca C. Potter

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Participatory Community Action Research in Homeless Shelters: Utilization of Service-Learning Pedagogy in Research and Advocacy, Roger N. Reeb, Charles Hunt, Sara Wetter, and Cassandra Hartman

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To Be Human in a Dehumanizing World: Black Lives Matter and the Human Rights Framework, Maria Rohani

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Gay Teachers in Catholic Schools: A Conflict of Human Rights, Ish Ruiz

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State Sovereignty and Human Security: The Migration-Securitization Nexus in the Global South, Eugene R. Sensenig

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The Economic Concept of Exploitation and Economic Justice, Hee-Young Shin

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Joyful Human Rights Activism, William Simmons

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Localizing Human Rights in Response to Global Urban Crises and Right-Wing Populism, Jackie Smith

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Pope Francis and Alternative Economic Visions, John Sniegocki

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Indigenous Rights in the Trump Era, Tereza M. Szeghi

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We Just Need to Pee: Bathroom Bills and the Intersection of Human Rights, Gender, and Race, Lena Tenney

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Faith-Based Civil Society Organizations and the Protection of Victims of Human Rights Abuses in Nigeria, Nathaniel Umukoro

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Building a Bridge Across the Sea, Abby Wheatley

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The PATH (Partners Against Trafficking in Humans) Project: Development of the PATH Model, Fanell Williams

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Interrogating Rights: How the United States is Not Complying with the Racial Equality Treaty, Malia Lee Womack

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Leveling the Fields for Migrant Farmworkers: Developing Human Rights Public Policies Using Human Rights-Based Approach, Luis E. Zavala

Submissions from 2016

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Call for Papers 2017: The Social Practice of Human Rights, University of Dayton

Papers from 2015

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Exploring Public Opinion on the Role of Human Rights in Foreign Policy (abstract), Michelle Allendoerfer

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Status of Public Access to Government Information as an International Human Right (abstract), Amin Amiri

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International Organizations as Normative Agenda Setters: Social Influence and Reputational Costs in the effects of the International Human Rights Regime, Alejandro Anaya-Muñoz and Aldo F. Ponce

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On Solid Ground: Evaluating the Effects of Foundational Arguments on Human Rights Attitudes (abstract), Stephen Arves and Joe Braun

Plenary Dialogue: Sustainable Environment, Tariq Banuri, Richard Hiskes, and Jacqui Patterson

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Human Rights in Russian-Occupied Crimea (abstract), Jaroslaw Bilocerkowycz

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Fostering Empathy through Visual Culture Art Intergration (abstract), R. Darden Bradshaw

Plenary Dialogue: Sustainable Human Development, J. Mark Brinkmoeller, Ejim Dike, Kate Donald, Natalie Florea Hudson, and Jane Sloane

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Crafting the Humanitarian Narrative: Development Organizations and Cause-Marketing Campaigns (abstract), Alexandra Cosima Budabin

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Disciplining Human Rights (abstract), Sarita Cargas

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Linking History to Practice: Mapping the History of Nigeria as a Tool to Combat Human Trafficking Today (abstract), Robin P. Chapdelaine

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To Err is Human Rights: Toward a Pragmatist Activism (abstract), Geoff Dancy

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Human Rights: East vs. West (abstract), John H. Davis

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Promoting Human Rights through the Professions (abstract), Debra DeLaet, Emily Sadecki, and Holly Atkinson

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Imagining International Justice in Post-Genocide Cambodia (abstract), Haley Duschinsky, Katie Conlon, Elizabeth Cychosz, and Samantha Rommel

Opening Address: Mark Ensalaco, University of Dayton Human Rights Center, Mark Ensalaco

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This Painting Is Nice, but Is It Actually Fighting for Social Justice?' Exploring the Challenges and Dilemmas of Participatory Art and Storytelling for Social Justice (abstract), Katherine Fobear

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Social Movements, Protest, and Human Rights: Latin America and Beyond (abstract), James C. Franklin

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The Migrant Rights Gap: How Non-State Actors Meet the Unrecognized Economic and Social Rights of Undocumented Immigrants (abstract), Barbara Frey and Melissa Pardo

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A Human Rights Lens on Full Employment and Decent Work in the Post-2015 Development Agenda (abstract), Diane F. Frey and Gillian MacNaughton

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Contemporary Rhetoric, Ethics, and Human Rights Advocacy (abstract), Richard K. Ghere and Kathleen Brittamart Watters

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Indignation, or, Reconsidering the Place of Dignity in Human Rights Theory and Practice (abstract), Michael Goodhart

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Oral History as a Methodology for Teaching Human Rights (abstract), Carol J. Gray

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The Potentiality of a Digital Revolution: Alienated Activists and the Surveillance State (abstract), Jennifer Grubbs

Plenary Dialogue: Corporate Sustainability, Valentina Gurney, Katherine Gallagher, and Arvind Ganesan

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Roundtable: Does All Human-Rights Funding Use a Human Rights-based Approach?, Matthew Hart, Jason Franklin, Diana Samarasan, Mona Chun, and Katy Love

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Anti-Sex Trafficking Hysteria, False Narratives and the Rights of Sex Workers (abstract), Lonya M. Humphrey