Susan E. Waltz
Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
(734) 615-8683
Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #3227
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
Research and Teaching Interests:
Applied Policy
_Human Rights
_International Development
Politics, Institutions & Processes: International
National Security/International Diplomacy
Educational Background:
Ph.D. in International Studies, University of Denver

Recent Publications:
Website, Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards

2013 “Universalizing Human Rights: The Role of Small States in the Construction of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” in Human Rights from a Third World Perspective, edited by Jose Manuel Barreto (Cambridge University Press). Updated/reprinted article originally published in Human Rights Quarterly, 2001.

2012. “Amnesty International,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization.

2011 Human Rights: From Practice to Policy. Ann Arbor, Michigan (with Carrie Walling).

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.

2007. “U.S. Small Arms Policy: Having It Both Ways.” World Policy Journal vol. 24: 2, 67-80.

Current Research:
History of international human rights policy and standard-setting work of human rights advocacy organizations. See Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards.

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. She is co-author of the website Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards, hosted by University of Michigan at

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. From 1998-2013 she was actively involved in international efforts to promote an international Arms Trade Treaty to prevent irresponsible transfers of small arms, successfully concluded in 2013. For several years she chaired a working group on arms transfers for Amnesty International–USA, and from 2009-2013 she served on AI-USA’s Board of Directors. She currently serves on an executive committee overseeing the work of the Quaker United Nations Office, New York.

In 2011 Professor Waltz received a University of Michigan Rackham Master’s Mentoring Award in recognition of her work with Ford School MPP students.