News and Updates from FPA

Joel Davis posted on April 16, 2014 16:52

We are currently electing a Secretary and two individuals to the At-Large positions in the EXCOM.  A brief bio and statement of interest for each candidate along with the ballot has been emailed to members.  All ballots must be returned by April 29th (please note the quick turnaround).  The results will be announced via email by May 2nd. Thank you to the following candidates for their willingness to serve the section:

Candidates for the Vice-Chair Position

Daniel Wheelan is currently Charles Prentiss Hough Odyssey Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics & International Relations at Hendrix College (AR) where he teaches courses in international relations history and theory, international law, political theory, development, and human rights. He is author of Indivisible Human Rights: A History (Penn Press, 2010) and has published several articles with Jack Donnelly that have appeared in Human Rights Quarterly. More recent publications have appeared in The American Historical Review and International Studies Review. He is author of the entries on "Human Rights" in The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics (2013) and The Oxford Companion to International Relations (forthcoming 2014), and has forthcoming chapters in The Sage Handbook of Human Rights and a volume on the duties and responsibilities of state and non-state actors for human rights. His most recent work on the genealogy of the right to development will appear in an upcoming issue of Humanity. 

I am pleased to accept this nomination for Vice-Chair of the ISA Human Rights Section. As an inaugural member of the section, I have been continuously involved in the Section's development. I served as an At-Large member of the Executive Committee from 2007-2009. I stand ready to work closely with the new Chair and Secretary to help maintain and grow the Section and enhance its presence within ISA, while maintaining its identity as the human rights Section. I am also especially interested in exploring ways in which we can serve our Membership in more interactive ways throughout the year between conferences. We continue to attract new members, especially younger scholars, and should explore ways we can use new social media platforms to share information and strengthen the collaborative bonds between members of the Human Rights section.



Candidates for the At-Large Positions:


Alejandro Abad is a Ph. D. student and Teaching Assistant in International Relations at Florida International University. His interests lie at the intersection of the human right to life, human rights in general, the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) and the Just War Theory (JWT) while presently working on a dissertation about the relation between the RtoP, i.e. the duty within the debate about the right to life and peace, and the JWT. 

His studies previous to the Ph.D. include: M.A., International Relations, Universidad San Pablo CEU (Madrid), 2010; M.S. Democracy and Government (Political Science), Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, 2010; M.A., International Commerce, Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid), 2005; and Licentiateship (title of 5 years), Economics, Universidad Complutense of Madrid, 1996. Major: Economic Development and International Economics.

His professional experience includes an evolution from finances to charity-oriented institutions. He worked in Manos Unidas (NGO for development) in 2004 and 4 years at Morgan Stanley Co. from 1999 to 2003. For Manos Unidas, he was in charge of the External (National and International) Relations Section comprising tasks in communication with national and international organizations such as the UN, CONGDE, CIDSE, and regional offices; and information of events as well as translation of documents to Presidency and Direction. 

His native language is Spanish, but also fluent in English and has a low-intermediate level in French. He was a sponsor to a boy in India from 2003 to 2011 and occasionally helps in charities.

It is his pleasure to apply for this most desirable position. If you allow this candidate to explain his possible contributions as a secretary, this statement will describe them.      

In summary, his character may be described as idealistic, yet realistic, profoundly motivated, empathic, goal-oriented, long-term oriented, highly self-disciplined, extroverted (as defined by Carl Jung), very enthusiastic, full of positive energy, highly energetic, respectful of others’ dignity, and as indicated by some people, “the responsible one.” This letter will describe some elements of his professional and personal background that could be useful for your evaluation. 

First, he has ideals and a deeply motivated spirit that stresses long-term gains over short-term results; the epitome of that, a friend admitted to the Master in Foreign Service at Georgetown University thanks to a higher GPA than him, but now working in something not related to international relations. In contrast, he is currently working on a doctoral dissertation to become a professor in International Relations.  

Second, in reference to empathy, while working for a development NGO, he has not only begun to understand what others feel, but also come to project his imagination so that he can really feel what others are feeling. Thus, more than any past work he has done, he feels more happiness in his current vocation of bestowing peace to the world, because that positive and latent inner energy grows within him. Then, he becomes blissful while craving for more of that energy.

Third, as a Senior Associate in the Private Wealth Management division of Morgan Stanley, his main accomplishment involved increasing three hundred clients’ investments worth 6 million dollars into investments worth 20.3 million. Ultimately, he gave a high quality service to around 140 clients and was instrumental in securing 160 customers for junior co-workers, as well as contributing to a positive environment of integrity and generosity in the office.  

Fourth, he always focuses on concrete results and is goal-oriented.

Fifth, since he was a child, he has preferred a better long-term option. He attained from an A to a B+ in all the courses directly or teleologically related to long-term goals such as a useful dissertation for the world and future lines of research; such courses have included “Human Security” (A), “Independent Study about Human Rights” (A), “War, Peace and Conflict Resolution” (B+), “Contemporary Dynamics of International Relations” (B+), “International Relations Theory I” (B+), and “Contemporary IR Theory” (A-).

Regarding the academic life of your Section, he hopes to contribute both through his knowledge of the causes that lead thinkers to their flawed conclusions, as well as his thorough effort and personality. Moreover, due to his knowledge of human rights, international law, and old Spanish, he can lend assistance as regards primary sources and new projects, e.g. the debate among Theocentric Natural Law, Anthropocentric Natural Law, and Positivism as a basis for I.R. topics. Nowadays, there are still many areas to write about requiring that expertise. Finally, he is always trying to encourage others because he is truly happy and fulfilled in his life, and feel even now, while writing this, a very good energy and sentiment that we might form a great team as we embrace the spirit of knowledge.   

Alejandro Abad 


Ann Marie Clark is Associate Professor of Political Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  She is the author of Diplomacy of Conscience: Amnesty International and Changing Human Rights Norms (Princeton, 2001) and Sovereignty, Democracy and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences (with Kathryn Hochstetler and Elisabeth Jay Friedman; SUNY 2005), and a number of articles, most recently, “"Information Effects and Human Rights Data: Is the Good News about Increased Human Rights Information Bad News for Human Rights Measures?” (with Kathryn Sikkink, Human Rights Quarterly, August 2013).  Her primary research interests lie in the areas of human rights norms, NGOs, and theories of justice in international relations.

Mónica Serrano is Professor of International Relations at El Colegio de México, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University and a Senior Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, CUNY. 

After gaining her D. Phil from Oxford, she was a Research Fellow and Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, a Research Associate at the IISS, London, and a MacArthur Research Fellow at Oxford University´s Centre for International Studies.

Between 2008 and 2011 she was Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the Graduate Centre, CUNY. In that capacity she worked closely with the UN and other human rights organizations to build momentum behind an emerging international norm to prevent mass atrocities. She is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of the FRAME Project “Fostering Human Rights among European (External and Internal) Policies” hosted at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Institute for International Law, Leuven.

Mónica Serrano has written extensively on international security, and the international relations of Latin America, with particular reference to international institutions, security, human rights, transnational crime and civil-military relations.

Dr Serrano is the author and editor of numerous publications including Transnational Organised Crime and International Security: Business as Usual? (co-edited with M. Berdal, Lynne Rienner, 2002); Regionalism and Governance in the Americas: Continental Drift (co-edited with L. Fawcett, Palgrave, 2005); Human Rights Regimes in the Americas (co-edited with V. Popovski, UN University Press, 2009); After Oppression: Transitional Justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe (co-edited with V. Popovski, UN University Press, 2012); Mexico’s Security Failure: Collapse into Criminal Violence (co-edited with P. Kenny, Routledge 2012); The International Politics of Human Rights. Rallying to the R2P Cause? (co-edited with T. G. Weiss, Routledge, 2014) and The Responsibility to Protect in Latin America: The New Map (forthcoming). Monica Serrano is editor of Global Governance and a member of the editorial board of Global Responsibility to Protect and Conflict, Security and Development.

Tugrul Keskin is an Assistant Professor of International and Middle Eastern Studies and an affiliated faculty of Black Studies, Sociology and at the Center For Turkish Studies at Portland State University. He is also the Middle East Studies Coordinator for International Studies. His research and teaching interests include the Sociology of Islam and the Middle East, Social and Political Theories,  Sociology of Work, Sociology of Africa, and Sociology of Human Rights  Previously, Dr. Keskin taught as an instructor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech University and also as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at James Madison University and Radford University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Virginia Tech, with graduate certificate degrees in Africana Studies, Social and Political Thought, and International Research and Development. Outside of his instructor role, he is founder and moderator of the Sociology of Islam mailing list, and founding editor of the Sociology of Islam Journal: His edited book, The Sociology of Islam: Secularism Economy and Politics was published by Garnet/Ithaca Press in June of 2011. Dr. Keskin is an international board member of Sociologists Without Borders, and serves as a book review editor of Societies Without Borders He has organized several study abroad courses to Qatar and Turkey. Tugrul Keskin is also the Region Editor of Critical Sociology (Middle East and North Africa) His forthcoming book, Neo-Orientalism, American Hegemony and Academia after September 11th, will be published by Critical Social Science Studies-Brill, in December 2014. 

Andrew Lowe is currently studying International Relations and Diplomacy with a concentration in Asian Studies at the American Graduate School in Paris .  He is an active member of the institution currently serving as the treasurer of the Graduate Student Association and is on the Student Conference Planning Committee.  Andrew holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Korean Studies.  Prior to his enrollment in graduate school, Andrew served 13 years in the military as a Korean linguist and analyst, primarily stationed in South Korea.  After separating from the military, Andrew worked in Baghdad, Iraq as a security liaison officer for the Department of State followed by a position in Kabul, Afghanistan as a senior adviser to the Afghan government.  Andrew has a high level of interest in working in the human rights arena upon graduation, with a particular interest in the Asia region.  He is currently working on his thesis entitled, "Is Reunification of Korea Plausible?  The Role of the Kim Dynasty in Constructing North Korean Identity."

I am interested in the at-large position because I want to expand my role in the international relations field beyond my current academic standing as a graduate student.  I am certain that with my previous military experience in Asia and civilian work experience in the Middle East I can be a constructive and valuable member of the ISA HR Section Committee.  I am a very active, positive, and organized person who is ready to work diligently  for the HR Section in whichever capacity deemed necessary to achieve its existing and future goals.   I had a broad range of international experience during my time in the military service and as a civilian that I hope to utilize in the international relations field in the future, beginning with serving the HR Section in one of the at-large positions.  

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