Suggested Student Advocacy Seminar Materials

Posted August 7, 2017

The below list of potential course materials for Student Advocacy Seminars is drawn from past seminars. SAR welcomes additional recommendations at

Academic Freedom

Barton, Ashley and Adam Braver, eds. Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur’s Fight to Free Her Father. New Orleans: UNO Press, 2015.

Braver, Adam and Abby DeVeuve, eds. We Are Syrians: Three Generations. Three Dissidents. New Orleans: UNO Press, 2017.

Butler, Judith. “Academic Freedom and the Critical Task of the University.” Globalizations (2017).

Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. New York: Random House, 2003.

Quinn, Robert. “Academic freedom on trial in Turkey.” Washington Post, April 26, 2016.

Quinn, Robert. “End global crisis of attacks on higher education.” Washington Post, October 31, 2016.

Quinn, Robert, and Jesse Levine. “Intellectual-HRDs and claims for academic freedom under human rights law.” The International Journal of Human Rights 18:7-8 (2014): 898-920.

Scholars at Risk. Courage to Think Monologues. Edited by Robert Quinn et al. New York, 2012.

Scholars at Risk. Free to Think 2016. Edited by Robert Quinn et al. New York, 2016.

Human Rights

Barnett, Michael. Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011.

Cahill, Kevin M. History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Reader. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

Donnelly, Jack. Universal Human Rights in Theory & Practice. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, 2003.

Goodman, Ryan, Derek Jinks, and Andrew Woods, eds. Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Mitoma, Glenn and Kerry Bystrom. “Humanitarianism and Responsibility in Discourse and Practice.” In Human Rights Protection in Global Politics: Responsibilities of State and Non-State Actors, edited by Kurt Mills and Jason Karp, 23-45. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.

Risse, Thomas, Stephen Ropp, and Kathryn Sikkink, eds. The Power of Human Rights: International Norms and Domestic Change, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.


The Advocates for Human Rights. Human Rights Tools for a Changing World: A step-by-step guide to human rights fact-finding, documentation, and advocacy. Minneapolis, MN, 2015.

Amnesty International USA. “Writing an Appeal.” Write for Rights.

Becker, Jo. Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2013.

Keck, Margaret and Kathryn Sikkink. Activists beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1998.

Marefka, Michael. “Beginner’s Guide: How to Write a Human Rights Report.” Human Rights Careers Blog.

Scholars at Risk. “Advocacy Guide: Creating a Successful Action Alert.”

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