MPA Fellows concentrating in Human Rights and Social Justice focus on human rights, which, although often assumed to be universal, remain controversial in domestic and world politics. Students study policies that support the expansion of human rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination, such as those based on gender, race, class, religion, ethnicity, caste, sexual orientation, disability or marital status both domestically and internationally, and work toward ensuring equal opportunities before the law and in society-at-large. Students pursuing this concentration also analyze the political and economic constraints that stand in the way of the full realization of human rights and learn to serve as advocates for alleviating political, economic, and social inequality.

Representative Coursework

  • CRP 6011: Ethics, Development, and Globalization
  • GOVT 6132: The Politics of Inequality
  • LAW 6561: International Organizations and International Human Rights
  • NS 4570: Health, Poverty, and Inequality
  • HD 3840: Gender and Sexual Minorities
  • PADM 5855: International Human Rights
  • PAM 3370: Race and Public Policy

Representative Employers (Full Time & Internships)

  • AfricAid
  • Amnesty International
  • China Labor Watch
  • Community Foundations
  • Human Rights Watch
  • National Organization for Women
  • NY State Department of Labor
  • UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and of the High Commissioner for Refugees
  • US Department of Justice

Representative Occupational Titles

  • Foundation Fellow
  • Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Program Examiner
  • Public Policy Associate
  • Research Fellow