Jan Knippers Black


Professor Black’s international experience includes Senior Associate Membership at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University; Fulbright, Mellon and other grants and Fellowships in South America, the Caribbean, and India; on-site or short-term teaching and honorary faculty positions in several Latin American countries, and extensive overseas lecturing and research. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile and a faculty member with the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea program.

Dr. Black was a research professor in the Division of Public Administration, University of New Mexico, and editor and research administrator in American University’s Foreign Area Studies Division. She has also served on some two dozen international editorial and non-governmental organization boards.

Her most recent books are The Politics of Human Rights Protection, Rowman and Littlefield, 2009, pbk 2010, and Latin America, Its Problems and Its Promise, 5th ed, rev, Westview/Perseus Books, 2010.  Her articles published or forthcoming in 2010 deal with rights of and challenges facing women and indigenous peoples.

Professor Black´s books also include United States Penetration of Brazil, Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1977, Portuguese edition published by Brazil's Editora Massangana, Fundacao Joaquim Nabuco, 2010; Sentinels of Empire: The United States and Latin American Militarism, Greenwood-Praeger Press, 1986; Development in Theory and Practice: Paradigms and Paradoxes, 2nd ed, rev, Westview Press, 1999; and Inequity in the Global Village: Recycled Rhetoric and Disposable People, Kumarian/Stylus Books, 1999.  She has edited and co-authored three books, co-authored 14 more, and published more than 200 chapters or articles in reference books, anthologies, journals, magazines and newspapers.

She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the International Political Science Association´s Committee on Civil-Military Affairs; the Global Studies Program of California State Univ., San Jose; the PhD Fellowship Program of the US Inter-American Foundation.

Professor Black was elected in 2011 to the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA.


Human rights, international and comparative politics of the Western Hemisphere, international and grassroots development, women´s rights and roles, globalization

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PhD, International Studies, MA Latin American Studies, School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C.; B.A. Art and Spanish, University of Tennessee.

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IPSG 8522 - Rethinking Human Rights      

his course approaches human rights issues from a multidisciplinary perspective and with a wide-angle lens that draws in all rights and all peoples. We view rights abuse as neither incomprehensible nor inevitable, but nevertheless pervasive in the twenty-first century. Nor is such abuse, with respect either to perpetrators or victims, confined to distant places and strange peoples. We will undertake here a fundamental re-examination of the basic terms and concepts, theories, controversies, and cleavages associated with human rights. We will also examine the effectiveness of our strategies, treaties, and institutions in assessing accountability, promoting reconciliation, and otherwise protecting the abused and endangered.

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8530 - Cuba:ChngingCourse,ChngngTimes      

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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IPSG 8650 - SemHumnRgtsProtctn:StrtgPractc      

In this seminar students will undertake investigations, in some cases under the auspices of local, national, or international organizations, on the impact, for good or ill, of particular policies or programs. The resulting evidence of human rights abuse, or of effective human rights protection, will be employed in efforts to prevent abuse, rather than simply to monitor or report it. Students will therefore engage also in strategic planning for campaigns to move the intervention of activists upstream in the project design or policy-making process. Where feasible, the strategies formulated in class will be put into action – through existing organizations, like Amnesty International (for AIUSA, I will be trying to design an alert action system for policy), or through student-launched campaigns or NGOs.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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IPSG 8672 - Sem:Transitnal Injustice:Chile      

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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