Glenn Mitoma is an Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Education, jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute and the Neag School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Glenn is inaugural Director of Dodd Impact, previously serving as director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center since 2013.
Glenn’s research and teaching focus on the history of human rights and human rights education, with current projects on the role of education in advancing respect for human rights, the history of human rights education, a biography of the Lebanese philosopher and diplomat—and prominent UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights author—Charles H. Malik.
Among his publications are articles in Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of International Social Studies, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and History. He has co-edited two special issues of the Journal of Human Rights, one focused on Human Rights in Higher Education and one focused on Humanitarianism and Responsibility. His first book Human Rights and the Negotiation of American Power was published in 2013 as part of the University of Pennsylvania Press series Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights. This work examines the link between the coincident mid-twentieth century ascendancies of the U.S. as the preeminent global power and human rights as the most compelling global ethic.
Glenn teaches Introduction to Genocide Studies at the undergraduate level and Human Rights and Social Justice in Education and Contemporary Debates in Human Rights at the graduate level. Since coming to UConn, he has taught a range of courses, including Introduction to Human Rights, the History of Human Rights, the History of Humanitarianism, Human Rights Through Film, and Human Rights and Personal Biography.
As Dodd Director, Glenn oversees efforts to advance a culture of human rights through programs in human rights education, business and human rights, and democracy and dialogues, and sustains partnerships with community-based advocates and organizations. He serves on the Connecticut State Advisory Committee on Genocide and Holocaust Education and the Executive Committee for Human Rights Educators USA, and is a founding member of both the Connecticut Human Rights Partnership and the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education.
Glenn Mitoma grew up in California and New Hampshire spending much of his time making photographs and falling off skateboards. He attended the University of California Santa Cruz earning a BA in photography, where his work focused on the intersection between the built and natural environments, and he developed an appreciation for banana slugs and their habitats. After several years working in the creative field in Seattle, Glenn returned to California and enrolled at Claremont Graduate University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies. During his time at CGU, Glenn’s focus turned to human rights and his dissertation examined the historical and cultural origins of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, he lives in Mansfield, Connecticut, with his wife, two sons, three dogs, two cats, and flock of chickens.