Susan E. Waltz
Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
735 S. State St. #3227
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
Research and Teaching Interests:
- Applied Policy
- Human Rights
- International Development
- National Security/International Diplomacy
- Politics, Institutions & Processes: International
Ph.D. in International Studies, University of Denver
Selected publications include:
2011. “Amnesty International,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization.
2009. “North Africa: Path to Democracy and Human Rights Protection,” in Encyclopedia of Human Rights (Oxford University Press).
2008. “Who Wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?” U.S. State Department e-Journal commemorating the 60th anniversary of the UDHR, accessible at http://www.america.gov
2007. “U.S. Small Arms Policy: Having It Both Ways.” World Policy Journal vol. 24: 2, 67-80.
2006. "When The Time is Ripe: The Struggle to Protect and Promote Human Rights in Morocco," in Human Rights in the Arab World, ed. by Anthony Chase and Amr Hamzawy. University of Pennsylvania Press. (With Lindsay Benstead.)
2004. “Universal Human Rights: The Contribution of Muslim States.” Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 26:4, 799-844.
2002. “Reclaiming and Rebuilding the History of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Third World Quarterly vol. 23:3, 437-448.
2001. “Universalizing Human Rights: The Role of Small States in the Construction of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 23:1, 44-72.
1995. Human Rights and Reform: Changing the Face of North African Politics (University of California Press).
Normative history of the human rights movement.
Susan Waltz is both a scholar and a practitioner in the field of international human rights. She began her career as an area specialist, focusing on the North African countries of Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria. Over the past twenty years she has conducted research on North African regional politics and the local human rights movement. More recently, her research has focused on the historical origins of international human rights instruments and the political processes that produced them.
From 1993-1999 Waltz was a member of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International, and in 1996 she became the first American to chair the organization’s international governing board. She has been actively involved in efforts to promote an international Arms Trade Treaty to prevent irresponsible transfers of small arms, and from 2001-2009 she chaired a working group on military transfers for Amnesty International-USA. At the same time (2001-2008), she served on the Board of Directors of the American Friends (Quaker) Service Committee, the 1947 Nobel Peace Laureate. She currently sits on the Board of Amnesty International-USA.
In 2011 Professor Waltz received a University of Michigan Rackham Master’s Mentoring Award in recognition of her work with Ford School MPP students.