The Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights Program (DDHR) promotes holistic training, collaborative research, rigorous theoretical approaches, and applied work on historical and contemporary problems broadly associated with human rights concepts and norms. DDHR faculty and students study global and local issues in the past and present, including migration, displacement, trafficking/slavery, and refugees and asylum seekers; structural and political violence and dynamics of peace and justice; economic development, inequality, resource access/extraction, and food security; post-conflict investigations and transitional justice; identity and discrimination; and the causes and consequences of wars, (un)natural disasters, and climate change. We foster critical and nuanced perspectives on the substantive concepts of human rights and the international legal norms and institutions that embody and enact them. Through innovative, inter-subdisciplinary work in cultural, biological/forensic and archaeological anthropology we contribute to the development of anthropology as a science, as an art, and as a tool for improving the human condition.
Beginning with the fall 2013 catalogue, UT Anthropology offers a graduate certificate and undergraduate concentration in DDHR. Required courses include the Anthropology of Human Rights, Forensic Science and Human Rights, and Disasters. A range of subdisciplinary electives allows students to specialize while fostering holistic training. Access to the department’s first-rate resources, such as the Forensic Anthropology Center and the Anthropological Genetics Lab, archaeological field schools, and research and study abroad in northern Uganda and elsewhere, provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in-context.