J. Paul Martin

Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies

J. Paul Martin is professor and director of human rights studies at Barnard College. He teaches such courses as "Human Rights and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa," and is affiliated with the Africana studies program

Professor Martin's professional experience has been built around his 29 years as executive director of Columbia's Center for the Study of Human Rights, of which he was a co-founder, along with Law and University Professor Louis Henkin. Prior to being executive director, and later simultaneously, he was director of the Earl Hall Center at Columbia University; lecturer in the School of International and Public Affairs; and adjunct professor at Teachers College. He has also served as director of the Human Rights and humanitarian affairs concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs, as well as academic advisor for the human rights concentration in the master's program of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to coming to Columbia for his Ph.D., Professor Martin was dean of residence and lecturer at the then new University of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland in Lesotho. Today he remains a senior scholar at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.

Professor Martin's early publications were on moral education. More recently he has focused on human rights and human rights education. He has edited three collections of human rights documents and contributed to the Oxford Encyclopedia on Political Science and the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East.

Selected Publications

"Development and Rights Revisited: Lessons from Africa," SUR, International Journal on Human Rights 4,3 (2006)

"Louis Henkin" in Living Legacies at Columbia, ed. W. T. de Bary (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006)

"Royal Dutch Shell: How Deep the Changes?" in Non-State Actors in Human Rights Universe, G. Andreopoulos, et al. (Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 2006)

"Rights-based Development and the Struggle for Constitutionalism in Sub-Saharan Africa, " in Constitutionalism and Transition, ed. J. Oloka-Onyanga and C. M. Peter (Kampala, Uganda: Kituo cha Press, 2005)

"Ethnicity and Racism," in The Columbia History of the 20th Century, ed. R. W. Bulliet (New York: Columbia, 1998)

"Epilogue: The Next Step, Quality Control," in Human Rights Education for the Twenty-First Century, ed. G. J. Andreopoulos and R. P. Claude (University of Pennsylvania, 1997)

Academic Focus: 

Human rights education
Religion & world community
Corporate social responsibility
Development in Africa

Education: 

Ph.L., S.T.L., Angelicum University, Rome, Italy

M.A., Teachers College (Columbia University)

Ph.D., Columbia University