Richard A. Wilson

Gladstein Chair and Professor of Anthropology and Law
Professor Wilson Headshot.
Office: Hosmer 212
  • Human Rights
  • International Criminal Tribunals
  • Post Conflict Justice

An internationally recognized human rights advocate and scholar, Richard A. Wilson is the founding director of the Human Rights Institute at UConn, the holder of the Gladstein Chair of Human Rights and a professor of law and anthropology at the Law School, where he teaches Human Rights and Post-Conflict Justice. Focusing on international human rights, truth commissions and international criminal tribunals, Professor Wilson has drawn upon anthropological and empirical approaches to understand the ways in which national and international legal institutions write historical accounts of human rights violations and pursue accountability. Professor Wilson’s books include The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa, as well as a number of edited or co-edited volumes on human rights, humanitarianism and terrorism. While a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, he completed his latest monograph, Writing History in International Criminal Trials, which was selected by Choice in 2012 as an “Outstanding Academic Title” in the law category. 

Having received his BSc. and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Wilson has held fulltime faculty positions at the Universities of Essex and Sussex in the United Kingdom, as well as visiting professorships at the Free University-Amsterdam, University of Oslo, the New School for Social Research, and the University of Witwatersand. He has consulted for UNICEF on child soldiers in Sierra Leone and served as Chair of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 2009-2013, during which time the Committee focused attention on high school dropout rates and racial profiling in police traffic stops.

Professor Wilson is currently conducting research on the international criminal law of incitement and propaganda.

Richard Wilson, Writing History in International Criminal Trials (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Richard A. Wilson and Richard D. Brown, Eds., Humanitarianism and Suffering: The Mobilization of Empathy (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Richard A. Wilson, ed., Human Rights in the “War on Terror”  (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Richard A. Wilson, The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Legitimizing the Post-Apartheid State (Cambridge University Press, 2001)

Richard A. Wilson, Jane Cowan and Marie B. Dembour, eds., Culture and Rights: Anthropological Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2001)