Author Archives: Bethany Barratt

About Bethany Barratt

Dr. Barratt earned her PhD from the University of California in 2002, and her BA in Political Science/History from Duke University in 1994. She is Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, which joins forces with community partners in Chicago and cities abroad to draw and apply comparative lessons to make measurable gains in respect for human rights in urban settings. Professor Barratt has conducted archival and field research in Yellowstone National Park, Central Asia, the UK, Canada, and Australia. She is author or editor of several books including “Human Rights and Foreign Aid” (Routledge, 2007), "The Politics of Harry Potter" (Palgrave McMillan, 2012), and coeditor o "Public Opinion and War: Lessons from Iraq" (Potomac, 2012). She has also authored articles on environmental politics and justice, conservation policy, human rights, foreign aid, US, British, Canadian, and Australian foreign policy, and counterterrorism, in Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and edited volumes from Ashgate and Lexington Books. Besides her teaching experience at Roosevelt and the University of California, she has also taught in a number of jails and prisons. She is an officer or member of several scholarly associations including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.

Loundy Human Rights Project Just Communities Series: Inclusiveness, Rights & Resilience to Populism –“Civil Liberties and Our Communities: Responses to Current Threats”

Please join us for this terrific opportunity to talk with the Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois on the connections between such apparently disparate threats to our communities as ending asylum, narrowing reproductive rights, and ending anti-discrimination protections — … Continue reading

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Just Communities: Inclusiveness, Rights, and Resilience to Populism Series Continues Oct 16! Fred Tsao, Illinois Coalition on Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Discusses Public Charge Rule

Please join us for “Immigration and ‘Public Charge’ Rules: Federal Threats, Local Responses” a conversation with Fred Tsao, which will be held from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct 16, in Roosevelt’s 2nd floor Spertus Lounge (244 ih … Continue reading

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Loundy Human Rights Project’s Just Communities Conversations Series Continues Oct 9 with the ACLU’s Rebecca Glenberg: “How Local Law Enforcement Can Protect Immigrant Communities. . . Or Not” 

Please join us for “How Local Law Enforcement Can Protect Immigrant Communities. . . Or Not” a conversation with Rebecca Glenberg, which will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct 9, in Roosevelt’s 2nd floor Sullivan Room. … Continue reading

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Loundy Human Rights Project Students Explore Populism’s Roots in Deindustrialization on Chicago’s Southeast Side

Wednesday this Fall’s Loundy students outing in POS 343 (Urban Human Rights: Populism, Diversity and Justice in the US and UK) paid a visit to the Southeast Side to explore the legacy of deindustrialisation’s effects on communities. This region once … Continue reading

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Loundy Human Rights Project’s Just Communities Conversations Series Kicks Off Oct 2 with “Access to Asylum: Threats, Constructive Responses”

Please join us for “Access to Asylum: Threats, Constructive Responses” a conversation with Keren Zwick, which will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct 2, in Roosevelt’s 2nd floor Spertus Lounge (244 in the Auditorium Bldg, … Continue reading

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Announcing the Loundy Human Rights Project Fall Speaker Series: Inclusive Communities and Resilience to Populism

We are thrilled to announce our 2019 Fall Speaker  Series, Just Communities: Inclusiveness, Rights and Resilience to Populism.  Join us at 3:00 the first 4 Wednesdays of October, on the 2nd floor of the Auditorium Building, 430 S Michigan Ave, … Continue reading

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We the People Say #NoKXL

So honored to have been a tiny part of creating this crop art this summer on the Tanderup farm near Neligh, NE, in the Sandhills of Nebraska.  Amazing work by John Quigley, Art Tanderup, Gerald Brand, and all the volunteers!  … Continue reading

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A Note About Our Oct. 24 Event, The Complex Politics of Gentrification and Environmental Sacrifice Zones, a Conversation With Dr. Troy Hernandez

Thanks to all who joined us for our discussion with Troy Hernandez on Oct. 24. The views expressed by Dr. Hernandez were his own. The Loundy Human Rights Project does not endorse statements made about Pilsen Alliance, which has presented … Continue reading

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Oct. 10: The Price of Industry? The Environmental Sacrifice Zones of the Illinois/Indiana Borderlands

  After spending all semester thus far  in the Chicago River watershed, on October 10 we moved a few miles – a world away – to that of the Calumet. I always feel there’s something in the air in South … Continue reading

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Oct. 17: Thomas Frank Takes Us On a Virtual Toxic Tour of East Chicago

  While our last blog post documented our exploration of perhaps the most famous polluted waterway in America – Bubbly Creek – as October has progressed this semester’s Loundy Human Rights Project Scholars have moved somewhat further south to the … Continue reading

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