Richard P. Hiskes Receives the 2022 Distinguished Human Rights Scholar Award

The APSA Organized Section on Human Rights is delighted to present the 2022 Distinguished Human Rights Scholar Award to Professor Emeritus Richard P. Hiskes. Professor Hiskes has contributed to the field of Human Rights as a scholar, teacher, mentor, and through his distinguished service to both his academic institutions and the APSA Human Rights Section. His scholarship advanced the debates on inter-generational rights, environmental justice and rights, and children’s rights. His pioneering book, The Human Rights to a Green Future: Environmental Rights and Intergenerational Justice (Cambridge University Press  2009) won the 2010 APSA Human Rights Section’s Best Book Award. He is a dedicated teacher who trained generations of students, some of whom then became human rights scholars or practitioners. He played a leading role in the establishment of the human rights programs — first at the University of Connecticut and then at Grand Valley State University — and served as a consultant for the establishment of programs at several other colleges and universities. An engaged member of the APSA Human Rights Section, Hiskes was elected President of the Section in 2013-2014 and stepped in again in 2015-2016 when he helped steer the Section through some difficult times. As Editor of The Journal of Human Rights for seven years, he facilitated human rights scholarships and raised the profile of that journal. He mentored junior scholars within his home institutions, through the APSA Human Rights Section and as Editor of The Journal of Human Rights. He has been a source of inspiration both to his colleagues and students.  In sum, Professor Hiskes has contributed to human rights continuously and in many ways. While the rapid growth of the field of Human Rights and the APSA Human Rights Section is due to the contribution of numerous scholars, it is hard to match Professor Hiskes’ level of dedication or widespread impact that extends over scholarship, mentorship, teaching, publishing, program development, and institution building.


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