Shareen Hertel


Political Science and Human Rights

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2003

Shareen Hertel is the Wiktor Osiatyński Chair of Human Rights & Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Gladstein Family Human Rights Institute. Her research focuses on changes in transnational human rights advocacy, with a focus on labor and economic rights issues. Hertel has served as a consultant to foundations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies in the United States, Latin America and South Asia.  She has conducted fieldwork in factory zones along the US-Mexico border, in Bangladesh’s garment manufacturing export sector, among NGO networks in India, and in the multilateral trade arena. Hertel is editor of The Journal of Human Rights, serves on the editorial boards of Human Rights Review as well as Human Rights and Human Welfare, and is co-editor of the International Studies Intensives book series of Routledge.


  • Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights
  • Globalization and Political Change
  • Politics and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains
  • Assessment for Human Rights & Sustainability
  • Graduate Seminars (e.g.,Comparative Political Development; Contentious Politics; Economic Rights)


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Refereed journal articles

  • Francesco Rouhana, Jin Zhu, Davis Chacon-Hurtado, Shareen Hertel, and Amvrossios C. Bagtzoglou. “The Electric Vehicle Revolution: From a Human Rights Angle” (2024, forthcoming), Journal of Cleaner Production.
  • Davis Chacon-Hurtado, Kazem Kazerounian, Shareen Hertel, Jonathan Mellor, Jack Barry, and Tulasi Ravindran (2023, forthcoming). “Engineering for Human Rights: The Theory and Practice of a Human Rights-Based Approach to Engineering,” Journal of Science, Technology and Human Values
  • Zehra Arat and Shareen Hertel (2023). “Rights Beyond Words: Mapping Human Rights Scholar-Organization Partnerships,” Human Rights Quarterly 45(1): 239-259. DOI: doi:10.1353/hrq.2023.0012
  • Nicole Janz, James Allen-Roberston, Rajeshwari Majumdar, and Shareen Hertel (2021). “Developments in the Field: Big Data on BHR — Innovative Approaches to Analyzing the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Database,” Business and Human Rights Journal 6, 1: 120-126. DOI:
  • Shareen Hertel, Corinne Tagliarina, and Catherine Buerger. “Cheap Talk on Food: Party Politics in India and the challenge of implementing the right to food,” Human Rights Quarterly 39, 2 (2017): 449-467.
  • Shareen Hertel, “A New Route to Norms Evolution: Insights from India,” Social Movement Studies 15, 6 (2016): 610-621.
  • Shareen Hertel and Allison MacKay, “Engineering and Human Rights: Teaching Across the Divide,” Business and Human Rights Journal 1, 1 (January 2016): 159-164.
  • Shareen Hertel, “Hungry for Justice: Social Mobilization on the Right to Food in India,” Development and Change 46,1 (January 2015): 72-94.
  • Shareen Hertel, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Looking Up From the Grassroots: An Economic Rights Analysis of Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann’s Article, ‘Universal Women’s Rights Since 1970,'”  Journal of Human Rights 10:4 (2011): 450-457.
  • Lyle Scruggs, Shareen Hertel, Samuel Best, and Christopher Jeffords, “Information, Choice and Political Consumption: Human Rights in the Checkout Lane,” Human Rights Quarterly 33, 4 (November 2011): 1092-2011
  • Shareen Hertel,“The Paradox of Partnership: Assessing New Forms of NGO Advocacy on Labor Rights,” Ethics & International Affairs 24, 2 (Summer 2010): 171-189.
  • Margaret Gray and Shareen Hertel, “Immigrant Farmworker Advocacy: The Dynamics of Organizing,” Polity 41, 4 (October 2009): 409-435.
  • Shareen Hertel, Lyle Scruggs, and C. Patrick Heidkamp, “Human Rights and Public Opinion: From Attitudes to Action,” Political Science Quarterly 124, 3 (Fall 2009): 445-461.
  • Shareen Hertel, Matthew M. Singer, and Donna Lee Van Cott. 2009. “Field Research in Developing Countries: Hitting the Road Running.” PS: Political Science and Politics 42 (April): 305–09.
  • Paola Cesarini and Shareen Hertel, “Missing Our Comparative Advantage? Analysis from the Human Rights Frontier,” International Studies Review 11, 1 (March 2009): 46-62.
  • “Why Bother? Measuring Economic Rights – The Research Agenda,” International Studies Perspectives 7, No. 3 (August 2006): 215-230.
  • “New Moves in Transnational Advocacy: Getting Labor and Economic Rights on the Agenda in Unexpected Ways,” Global Governance 12, 3 (July-September 2006): 263-281.
  • “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights Scholarship in Latin America,” co-authored with Paola Cesarini , Journal of Latin American Studies 37, No. 4 (November 2005): 793-809.
  • “What Was All the Shouting About? Strategic bargaining and protest at the WTO Third Ministerial (Seattle, Washington USA – 1999),” Human Rights Review 6, No. 3 (April-June 2005): 102-118.
  • “The Private Side of Global Governance,” Journal of International Affairs 57, No. 1 (Fall 2003): 41-50.

Other publications

  • Shareen Hertel (2024). “Educating for Social Change,” in The Oxford Handbook of International Studies Pedagogy, Heather A. Smith, Mark A. Boyer, and David J. Hornsby, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 20-32.
  • Shareen Hertel (2023). “Who Cares? Exclusion, Empathy, and Solidarity,” in Human Rights at the Intersections: Transformations through Addressing New Challenges, Anthony Tirado Chase, Sofia Gruskin, and Pardis Mahdavi, eds. London: I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 67-73. – Open Access
  • Shareen Hertel, Davis Chacon-Hurtado, Sandra Sirota (2023). “New Frontiers in BHR Education: Engineering for Human Rights,” in Teaching Business and Human Rights, Anthony P. Ewing, ed. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 356-367.
  • Shareen Hertel, “International Relations and Economic and Social Rights,” in The Oxford Handbook on Economic and Social Rights, Malcolm Langford and Katharine Young, eds. New York: Oxford University Press (2022). 
  • Shareen Hertel and Rajeshwari Majumdar (2020). “Social Movements, Development Policy, and Human Rights” in Why Human Rights Still Matter in Contemporary World Affairs, Mahmood Monshipouri, ed. New York: Routledge, 215-230.
  • Shareen Hertel, “Re-Framing Human Rights Advocacy: The Rise of Economic Rights,” in Human Rights Futures, Jack Snyder, Leslie Vinjamuri, and Stephen Hopgood, eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 237-260.
  • Shareen Hertel, “Forging Alternative Routes to Norms Change: Economic Rights Protagonists,” in Expanding Human Rights: 21st Century Norms and Governance, Alison Brysk, and Michael Stohl, eds. (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017), 139-155.
  • Shareen Hertel, “Right to Food Advocacy in India: Possibilities, Limitations, and Lessons Learned,” in The Right to Food in South Africa: New Directions for Economic and Social Policies,” Viviene Taylor and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (Cape Town, South Africa: University of Cape Town Press, 2016).
  • Susan Randolph and Shareen Hertel, “The Right to Food: A Global Perspective,” in The Right to Food in South Africa: New Directions for Economic and Social Policies,” Viviene Taylor and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (Cape Town, South Africa: University of Cape Town Press, 2016). Reprinted with permission from Cambridge University Press.
  • Shareen Hertel and Susan Randolph, “The Challenge of Ensuring Food Security: Global Perspectives and Evidence from India” in Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Emerging Possibilities for Social Transformation, LaDawn Haglund and Robin Stryker, eds. (University of California Press, 2015), 171-198.
  • Shareen Hertel, “Theoretical and practical implications of public/private partnerships for labor rights advocacy,” in The NGO Challenge for International Relations Theory, William DeMars and Dennis Dijkzeul, eds. (Routledge, 2015), 189-210.
  • Susan Randolph and Shareen Hertel, “The Right to Food: A Global Overview,” in The State of Economic and Social Rights, Lanse P. Minkler, ed. (Cambridge, UK/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013): 21-60.
  • Elkins, Julie and Shareen Hertel. “Sweatshirts and Sweatshops: Labor Rights, Student Activism, and the Challenges of Collegiate Apparel Manufacturing,” in Human Rights in Our Own Backyard: Injustice and Resistance in the United States, William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha, eds. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).
  • Shareen Hertel, “Human Rights and the Global Economy: Bringing Labor Rights Back In,” Maryland Journal of International Law 24 (2009):283-295
  • Shareen Hertel, “Pregnancy Testing: A Case Study,” in International Labor Law: Cases and Materials on Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy, James Atelson, Lance Compa, Kerry Rittich, Calvin Sharpe, and Weiss Marley, eds. (Eagan, MN: American Casebook Series, Thomson West 2008): 883-886.


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