Hiskes Wins Distinguished Human Rights Scholar Award

June 07, 2022

Hiskes Wins Distinguished Human Rights Scholar Award

Professor Richard Hiskes, who retired in 2020 from the GVSU Political Science Department, has been awarded the 2022 Distinguished Human Rights Scholar Award from the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Professor Hiskes has contributed to the field of Human Rights as a scholar, teacher, mentor, and through his distinguished service to both his academic institutions and the APSA Human Rights Section. His scholarship advanced the debates on inter-generational rights, environmental justice and rights, and children’s rights. His pioneering book, The Human Right to a Green Future (Cambridge University Press, 2009) won the 2010 APSA Human Rights Section’s Best Book Award. His most recent book is Suffer the Children: A Theoretical Foundation for the Human Rights of the Child (Oxford University Press, 2021).


Professor Hiskes is a dedicated teacher who trained generations of students, some of whom then became human rights scholars or practitioners. He played a leading role in the establishment of the human rights programs — first at the University of Connecticut and then at Grand Valley State University — and served as a consultant for the establishment of programs at several other colleges and universities. Professor Hiskes has served as both President of the APSA Human Rights Section and as Editor of The Journal of Human Rights.


The GVSU Department of Political Science congratulates Professor Hiskes on this prestigious award!

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