David Louis Cingranelli (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1977).
Dr. Cingranelli is Professor of Political Science at Binghamton University, SUNY and is Co-Director of CIRI. His research is focused on the comparative human rights practices of governments. He is conducting research on the human rights effects of structural adjustment policies, the measurement of human rights practices, the effect of the end of the cold war on government respect for human rights, economic globalization and respect for worker rights, the relationships among different types of human rights, the dissent/repression linkage, and human rights and foreign aid. He has published numerous articles and book chapters mostly focusing upon the comparative, scientific study of government human rights practices. He has authored three books: Human Rights and Developing Countries, edited for J.A.I. Press, Ethics, American Foreign Policy, and the Third World, 1993, St. Martin's Press; and Human Rights: Theory and Measurement. 1988, edited, Macmillan Press. In 2002-3, he served as the President of the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association.
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David L. Richards (Ph.D. Binghamton University, 1999).
Dr. Richards is Co-Director of CIRI and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut with a dual appointment at its Human Rights Institute and Department of Political Science. At the Human Rights Institute, David is Co-Director of the Economic and Social Rights Research Group. He has published research studying government respect for human rights, broadly defined, in a number of journals and books. This research utilizes a variety of lenses through which to examine respect for human rights, including economic globalization, democratic institutions such as national elections and political parties, banking crises, the end of the Cold War, and information globalization. Currently, he is working on two books: one, a book on legal guarantees relating to violence against women (with Jillienne Haglund, Paradigm Publishers); the other, a comprehensive human rights textbook (CQ Press). His work has been funded multiple times by The National Science Foundation and The World Bank, among others. Professor Richards was the 2009 Gladstein Visiting Professor of Human Rights at The University of Connecticut and served on the advisory board for UNIFEM’s Progress of the World’s Women: 2008/2009 report.
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K. Chad Clay (Ph.D. Binghamton University, 2012).
Dr. Clay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia and the newest Co-Director of the CIRI Human Rights Data Project, which he has worked on in varying roles since 2006. Dr. Clay’s areas of specialization include international relations, comparative politics, and methodology. His research focuses on the impact of international factors on human rights practices, political violence, and economic development. In particular, he has a strong research interest in the spatial diffusion of these political outcomes, as well as the institutions, organizations, and processes that facilitate such diffusion. Dr. Clay's research has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics and International Studies Quarterly, and he has received several grants and awards, most recently receiving Binghamton University’s Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research.
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CURRENT GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Benjamin Carbonetti, Doctoral Student, University of Connecticut
Mr. Carbonetti is a graduate research assistant for the CIRI Human Rights Data Project. He has worked for the project since 2011 and his duties include, coding, and assisting with coder reconciliation. Mr. Carbonetti's areas of focus include international relations and comparative politics. He has published on subjects such as democratization, and also on U.N. activities associated with vulnerable and marginalized groups. He is currently working on his dissertation which focuses on the influence of state capacity on government respect for human rights. Prior to attending the
University of Connecticut, Mr. Carbonetti received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 2005.
Corinne Tagliarina, Doctoral Student, University of Connecticut
Ms. Tagliarina is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Connecticut in the Political Science department, and is also pursuing a certificate in human rights. Ms. Tagliarina has been a research assistant for CIRI since 2011. Her duties include codebook editing, supervision of undergraduate coders, answering questions from the CIRI website, and various other tasks. Her areas of specialization are comparative politics and international relations, with a focus on human rights. Her research is primarily about the institutionalization and implementation of the human right to water, although she has also studied other areas of human rights, such as the right to food, women's rights (especially surrounding maternity and motherhood), and the right to education. Prior to her Ph.D. work at UConn, Ms. Tagliarina received a B.A. from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and went on to complete her M.A. in Political Science at UConn in 2010.
CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Celia Guillard, University of Connecticut