Dr. Kathryn Libal (Social Work) and Dr. David Richards (Political Science/Human Rights Institute) are the new co-directors of the Economic and Social Rights Group (ESRG) of the UConn Human Rights Institute.

Dr. Kathryn Libal

Dr. David Richards

They will serve for a 3-year term effective Fall 2011, succeeding co-founders Dr. Alanson Minkler (Economics) and Dr. Shareen Hertel (Political Science/Human Rights) in this role.

The ESRG is an interdisciplinary group of UConn faculty, graduate students and affiliates that meet bi-monthly to share ongoing research and to foster scholarship on economic and social rights. Over the past five years, the group has had a high level of activity including hosting an annual workshop, forging a relationship with the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative in New York City, and promoting faculty publications and research grant applications.

In announcing the appointments, Dr. Richard Wilson, Director of the Human Rights Institute, looks forward to David and Kathy continuing to advance scholarly inquiry on economic and social rights and to leading the ESRG in new and exciting directions.