Alison Brysk

Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance
University of California, Santa Barbara

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Alison Brysk joins the podcast to discuss her book Speaking Rights to Power: Constructing Political Will which analyzes the history of the international human rights regimes and how international organizations are key players in the fostering of global conscience. Brysk looks at the importance of raising global consciousness by way of five different ways people can experience an increase in consciousness through: voice, frame, performance, media and audience. Brysk also states that her book analyzes how international organizations create audiences in three ways: through cosmopolitan publics, through attentive channels and creating more space for transnational roles like experts, witnesses and journalists to communicate.

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Alison Brysk, Background

Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance in the Global and International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has authored or edited 10 books on international human rights. Professor Brysk has been a scholar and lecturer in Argentina, Australia, Ecuador, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Japan, and has held Fulbright Fellowships in India and Canada. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on human rights, international relations, civil society, and Latin American politics. From 2013-2014, Brysk is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

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