From honored poets to internationally acclaimed human rights scholars.

The distinguished interdisciplinary adjunct faculty gathered in the SMU Graduate Liberal Studies program represents the best of the best. From honored poets to internationally acclaimed human rights scholars, numerous professors bring a wealth of knowledge in their individual areas of expertise to classrooms that radiate their love of teaching.

MLS Adjunct Faculty

G William Barnard

G. William Barnard

Associate Professor, SMU Department of Religious Studies SMU University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Dr. G. William Barnard's primary areas of research are the comparative philosophy of mysticism, religion and the social sciences, contemporary spirituality, and religion and healing. In 2000, Barnard won the Golden Mustang Award for teaching and scholarship, and from 2002-2004 he was a member of SMU's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has published Exploring Unseen Worlds: William James and the Philosophy of Mysticism as well as an edited volume, Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism. He has also written many journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, such as pedagogy in religious studies, the nature of religious experience, and issues in the psychology of religion. He has recently completed a second monograph, Living Consciousness: Reclaiming the Intuitive Vision of Henri Bergson.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6338 The Fire of Transformation: Exploring the Mystical Life
HUMN 6358 Trances and Dances: Investigations into Indigenous Religious Life
HUMN 7379 Plants of the Gods: Religion and Psychedelics
HUMN 7380 Waking Up: The Philosophy of Yoga and the Practice of Meditation

Crista DeLuzio

Crista DeLuzio

Crista DeLuzio received her Ph.D. from Brown University and joined the faculty at SMU in 2000. Her research and teaching specialties include the history of women and gender in the United States, the history of the family, and the history of childhood. She is the author of Female Adolescence in American Scientific Thought; the editor of Women’s Rights: People and Perspectives; and the co-editor of On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American Southwest. Her current research focuses on sibling relationships in American culture at the turn of the 20th century. Professor DeLuzio has been recognized with several teaching awards at SMU, including the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, and the Deshner Teaching Award from the Women’s and Gender Studies Council.

Courses Taught

SOSC 6353 Women in American History to 1900
SOSC 6382 Women in American History, 1865 to the Present

Mag Gabbert

Mag Gabbert

Dr. Mag Gabbert has a Ph.D. in English, with a focus in creative writing, from Texas Tech University, an MFA in creative writing from The University of California at Riverside, and a BA in English from Trinity University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, with Honors in English. Her debut full-length poetry collection, SEX DEPRESSION ANIMALS, won the 2021 Charles B. Wheeler Prize in Poetry from Ohio State University and its affiliated national literary magazine, The Journal, and it will be published in February of 2023 by Mad Creek Books, an imprint of Ohio State University Press. Dr. Gabbert is also the author of the chapbook Minml Poems (Cooper Dillon Books, 2020), and her poems and nonfiction essays can be found in over fifty nationally and internationally recognized magazines and journals, including The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review Daily, The Missouri Review, The Hopkins Review, The Massachusetts Review, Waxwing, Pleiades, 32 Poems, and Birmingham Poetry Review. In 2019, Dr. Gabbert was awarded the inaugural Rossetti Broadside Prize from American Literary Review for her poem “America,” and in 2021 she received a 92Y Discovery Award from the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center. She’s received fellowship awards from The Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, Idyllwild Arts, and Poetry at Round Top, and her work has been nominated for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets. Prior to joining the faculty at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Gabbert taught courses in creative writing, literature, and rhetoric at Texas Tech University, and she previously served as an editor for The Trinity Review, The Coachella Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Underblong Journal. For more information, please visit maggabbert.com

Courses Taught

FNAR 7320 Creative Non-Fiction: Shaping Experience in Narrative
FNAR 7321 The Creative Nonfiction Spectrum: From Long-Form Article to Flash Lyric Hybrid, and Everything In-Between
FNAR 7322 Applying Research to Creative Non-Fiction
FNAR 7323 Creative Writing for Publication 

Rick Halperin

Rick Halperin

"There is no such thing as a lesser person."

Dr. Rick Halperin is Director of the Southern Methodist University Human Rights Education Program (http://www.smu.edu/humanrights/), and teaches courses at SMU including: America's Dilemma: The Struggle for Human Rights; America and the Age of Genocide; and America Enraged: From Brown to Watergate, 1954-1974.

Halperin has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA from 1989-1995, and again from 2004-2010; he served as Chair of the Board from 1992-1993 and again from 2005-2007. He is also a member of the National Death Penalty Advisory Committee, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (serving as President from 2000-2006 and from 2007-2008 to present).

Halperin has been involved in many human rights monitoring projects, including an Amnesty International delegation which investigated the conditions of the Terrell Unit (Texas death row facility) in Livingston, Texas. In 1998, he was eyewitness to a lethal injection execution in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. Halperin also participated in a U.N. Human Rights delegation and inspected prison conditions in Dublin, Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland for a report by the Irish Prison Commission, and he participated in a human rights monitoring delegation in El Salvador in 1987.

In addition to his work against the death penalty, Halperin is also active in other areas of human rights. He works with a variety of organizations which seek improvements in human rights on behalf of women, children, gays and lesbians, indigenous persons, survivors of torture, imprisoned political prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders, journalists, and healthcare professionals who are under non-stop assault by governments around the world.

Halperin leads groups of interested persons, including students, faculty, and community members, on human rights educational journeys three times each year to places such as Argentina, Cambodia, Rwanda, South Africa, El Salvador, Bosnia, and numerous Holocaust sites across Europe. Every December he takes a group to death camps and other Holocaust sites in Poland for two weeks. These trips are designed to pay tribute, in part, to those men, women and children who were destroyed in the camps, as well as to honor those who survived the experience. It was, and remains, necessary to remember that the human spirit is capable of enduring and vanquishing the most unimaginable horrors that humanity can produce.

Halperin received his Ph.D. from Auburn University, his M.A. from Southern Methodist University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He is frequently interviewed on television and radio as well as by print media, and he speaks nationally and internationally on a wide range of human rights issues including genocide and the death penalty.

Courses Taught

SOSC 6300 Study Abroad/Human Rights
SOSC 6309 The Struggle for Human Rights
SOSC 6342 America's Defining Moment: The American Civil War
SOSC 6355 America Enraged: From Integration to Watergate
SOSC 7305 Special Topics in Human Rights: The Holocaust

HUMN 7395 To Be Human: The Struggle for Human Rights (DLS)

Robert Hunt

Robert Hunt

Director of Global Theological Education

The focus of my professional life, as a teacher and pastor, has been interpretation: helping people understand one another, their history, different cultures and religions, and themselves. I believe that every person, culture, and society has something valuable to offer to others, and that we discover this through critical and appreciative study, open dialogue, and a willingness to learn.”

Robert Hunt was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1955. After attending school in Austin and Richardson, he majored in History at the University of Texas in Austin. After completing a Master of Theology at Perkins School of Theology (SMU) he served as associate pastor of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas.

In 1985 Robert and his wife Lilian to the Philippines and then Kuala Lumpur, where they taught at the Seminary Theology Malaysia. At STM Robert was the director of extension education, and taught a wide variety of courses. He was also a participant in current Malay translation of the Bible. He received a PhD in History from the University of Malaya in 1993, focusing on the history of Bible translation and Christian Muslim relations. From 1993 to 1997 Dr. Hunt taught World Religions at the Trinity Theological College, and directed the education by extension and field education programs. From 1997 to 2004 he was pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, and an adjunct professor at Webster University in Vienna in Religions and International Studies.

Dr. Hunt is presently Director of Global Theological Education, and Director of the Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He is a Fellow of the Tower Center for Political Studies. He lectures on World Religions, Cultural Intelligence, Inter-religious Dialogue, and Contemporary Islamic Movements. He is author of numerous books and articles on Malaysian Church history, and Islam including: Islam in Southeast Asia, Muslim Faith and Values: What Every Christian Should Know, Muslim Citizens of the Globalized World. His most recent book, The Gospel Among the Nations, a Documentary History of Inculturation from Orbis Press won the 2nd place 2011 Catholic Book Award in education He has also published numerous articles journals and reference works. His current projects include a study of Christian identity in religiously plural contexts, a study on the relationship of Muslim identity to power-sharing in secular societies. He participated in diverse conferences on Christian - Muslim dialogue in Malaysia, Indonesia, Austria, Macedonia, Spain, China, and the United States.

Courses Taught

HUMN 7312 Islam in State and Society
HUMN 7315 Religions of the East
HUMN 7350 Muslims and Christians: Historical and Contemporary Relations

HUMN 7394 To Be Human: East Meets West (DLS)

Ray Jordan

Ray Jordan

Ray Jordan has worked in both the public and private sectors as a public-school teacher, university professor, non-profit administrator, corporate trainer, clergyperson and consultant. Considering himself a scholar-practitioner, his education and vocational experiences have been a testament of interdisciplinarity, demonstrating a marriage of theory and praxis.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, and is completing his PhD (ABD) from Union Institute and University, with research in public policy and social with a concentration in Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies. Ray has worked within three distinct populations, rural, suburban, and urban, and has enjoyed community engagement, including serving on the boards of the Dallas Chapter of GLSEN(Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educational Alliance) and the North Texas Executive Leadership Council for the United Negro College Fund, for which he received the organization’s Rising Star Award for his outstanding contribution. Ray has taught in higher education since 2008. Previously, Ray taught within the University of Texas at Arlington’s School for Urban and Public Affairs and SMU’s Department of Political Science. Currently Ray teaches classes in Interdisciplinary Studies and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and leads the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage, which he has done for the past 11 years.

Course Taught

SOSC 6397 The Civil Rights Movement: An Unfinished Revolution
SOSC 7384 Engaging Difference: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Diversity and Inclusion
SOSC 7385 Poverty and Wealth in America: An Interdisciplinary Critique of Economic Justice

Brad Klein

Brad Klein

Dr. Brad Klein is a social and environmental justice educator and activist specializing in program leadership, curriculum development, and immersion education. Klein has worked as an educator at the high school, college, and graduate school levels. Before coming to SMU in 2013, he served as Coordinator for the Justice and Peace Program and Adjunct Faculty at the Iliff School of Theology. Klein has led educational and economic development projects in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and throughout the United States. He has also participated in activist efforts related to American Indian liberation, refugee outreach, restorative justice, poverty eradication, educational equity, ending sexual assault and torture, and immigration reform. Klein's research has focused on topics including: political ecology; food justice; the pedagogy of privilege; conflict resolution; cross cultural dialogue, colonialism, nonviolent activism, the rights of indigenous peoples; and culturally appropriate and sustainable development. Klein holds a degree in Religious and Theological Studies from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology (PhD, 2012). He also holds degrees in Peace and Justice Studies (MA, 2008) and Pastoral Care and Counseling (MA, 2006) from the University of San Diego, as well as in Sociology and Theology from Marquette University (BA, 2002).

Course Taught

SOSC 7350 Special Topics: Culture, Food and Human Rights
SOSC 7379 Ethics and Human Rights

Dr. Bruce Levy

Bruce Levy

PhD in American Studies from Brown University. Dr. Levy has published articles on late nineteenth century American Literature and Culture and the history of American social reform. He is currently completing a book on the Midwest and American Modernism, and is at work on a new book on the idea of economic freedom within American culture. At SMU, he directs the Center for Academic-Community Engagement, which involves students in coursework that engages them as well in community work. He teaches courses on Adolescence in America, Social Class and Democracy, the idea of "community" as both a lived and imagined experience, and the literatures of minorities.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6397 Troubled Youth in America
HUMN 7303 The Cultural Politics of Rock, Roll and Rap
HUMN 7382 Cultures of "Displacement:" The Writing of Race, Migration and Diaspora
HUMN 7397 Under the Influence: Discourses of Intoxication, Addiction, and Recovery

HUMN 7388 Seminar in Critical Methods and Cultural Theory (DLS)

Michael Lindsey

Michael Lindsey

Dr. Michael Lindsey is a lawyer and clinical psychologist. He received his B.A. degrees in psychology and political science from Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, N.C.). His Masters degrees were earned at the University of Louisville (teaching), and the University of Alabama (clinical-correctional psychology). Dr. Lindsey's legal studies were completed at Villanova Law School (Villanova, Pa), and his doctorate in clinical psychology was awarded at Hahnemann University (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Dr. Lindsey is an adjunct professor in the department of psychology, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; adjunct professor at the University of Nevada - Reno; and adjunct faculty for The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in Reno, Nevada. He is a member of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the American Bar Association, and a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lindsey serves as a consultant to numerous juvenile and judicial organizations.

Courses Taught

BSHC 6322 Abnormal Psychology of Mind, Body and Health
BHSC 6331 Psychology of Hate
BHSC 6355 Psychology: The Discovery of Self
BHSC 7350 Special Topics: Health Psychology
BHSC 7350 Special Topics: Legal Issues in Ethics and Diversity
BHSC 7366 Adolescent Psychology

Jennifer Parvin

Jennifer Parvin

Having spent over 25 years as a leader in urban education, Dr. Parvin is a scholar-practitioner who is committed to educational excellence and equity so that schools will be exciting and humane places for all. As a school principal, Dr. Parvin’s campus was named a Model Professional Learning Community Site, one of only two sites in Texas. Dr. Parvin was the Founding Director of Dallas ISD’s Leadership Academy providing innovative professional learning for Dallas’ 200+ principals. In addition to her M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (University of Texas at Arlington), Dr. Parvin also has a M.A. in Humanities from the University of Dallas. She holds the P.C.C. (Professional Certified Coach) credential from the International Coach Federation.

Dr. Parvin currently consults with districts, schools, non-profit and for-profit organizations on coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, organizational learning and transformation, as well as serving as an executive coach for educational and other organizational leaders.
Learn more at http://www.jenniferparvin.com

Courses Taught

BHSC 7368 Ensuring Success for All:Coaching Concepts and Practices for Educational and Organizational Leaders
BHSC 7369 Closing the Gap Between Potential and Performance: Coaching for Individual and Organizational Effectiveness
BHSC 7341 Creating an “Everyone Culture”: Coaching as a Catalyst for Positive Change in People and Organizations
BHSC 7350 Coaching by Design: Applied Learning for Educational and Organizational Leaders
BHSC 7350 Emotionally Intelligent Coaching
HUMN 7385 Transforming Our Educational DNA:Looking Critically, Creatively and Reflectively at U.S. Public Education

Sara Romersberger

SMU Associate Professor of Theatre
M.A., University of Illinois

Sara Romersberger, Movement Specialist, holds a B.S. in theatre education from Illinois State University, an M.A. in dance from the University of Illinois, and a Certificate of Mime/Movement from Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France. Lecoq-based movement classes include placement, acrobatics, neutral and character mask, masks of the Commedia Dell' Arte, European clown, historical movement styles (Renaissance and Restoration) and dance of the 20th century.

Her professional work in the Dallas area since 2000 includes directing Tripping the Light Fantastic for the Festival of Independent Theaters and creating or coaching movement, dance and/or fight choreography for Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream- the musical, As You Like It, A Comedy of Errors, The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas; for Anna in the Tropics, Hamlet, Wit and Crumbs From the Table of Joy at The Dallas Theater Center; for Greendale, Waiting for the Train, Blasted, The Late Henry Moss, A Man's Best Friend, and Silence at the Undermain Theatre; for Misery at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth; and for The Last Five Years at the Plano Repertory Theatre as well as additional shows at Theatre Three, Classical Acting Company and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. She was a winner of a Dallas Theatre Critics award and a 2005 Rabin award for Special Recognition for Outstanding Choreography for her work on The Wrestling Season at Dallas Children's Theatre.

Course Taught

FNAR 6316 History, Humanity and Humor: Physical Comedy and Beyond
HUMN 6316 The Human Experience
HUMN 7350 Community Development and Innovation through the Arts

Carmen Smith

Carmen Smith

Dr. Carmen Smith is Director of Education at the Meadows Museum where she designs and oversees programs for a large, diverse audience on and off campus. She received her undergraduate degree in Business and Spanish from Marquette University, her Masters degree in Museum Science from Texas Tech University, and her doctorate in Art Education from the University of North Texas. Dr. Smith has over 25 years of experience as an art museum professional, including three years as Family and Special Programs Coordinator at the Kimbell Art Museum and twelve years working in several capacities at the Dallas Museum of Art. She has broad teaching experience with different age groups in both the museum and classroom settings. As Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas, she taught classes in art education and aesthetics. Before joining SMU in 2007, when working in the museums she missed the college students, and when working in the university she missed the objects. Her position at the Meadows Museum offers her the best of both worlds.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6387 Inspiring Creativity through Original Art
FNAR 6390 Evocation, Narratives and Nature: Understanding 18th-19th Century Romanticism
FNAR 7350 Art and Culture of the Italian Renaissance
FNAR 7383 The Art and Culture of Spain

HUMN 7393 To Be Human: The Art of Creativity and Artistic Expression (DLS)

Lori Ann Stephens

Lori Ann Stephens

Lori Ann Stephens received her Ph.D. in Aesthetic Studies, an interdisciplinary degree of history, philosophy, fine art, and literature, from the University of Texas at Dallas and joined the faculty at SMU in 2005. Her long-time interest in Southern literary narrative, the Grotesque, and trauma narratives culminated in her doctorate on mother/daughter relationships in Southern literature.

Lori is the author of Song of the Orange Moons and three novels for young people: Novalee and the Spider Secret (Dragonfeather Press, Nov 2018), Pierre François: 5th Grade Adventures (BRW, Jan 2018) and Some Act of Vision (ASD Press, winner of the 2014 National Reader’s Choice Award, RWA). Her award-winning short stories have been published in Glimmer Train Stories, The Chicago Tribune, and several literary journals. After winning the English National Opera mini-opera libretto contest, judged by Neil Gaiman and Jeremy Sams, Lori was commissioned as a librettist by composers in England and the U.S.; her collaborations have been staged in London, Minneapolis, and Dallas.

Before joining SMU, Lori was the managing editor of Sojourn Literary Journal (now titled Reunion) and taught creative writing courses at UTD. She continues to present workshops for both teenagers and adults at literary festivals. When she’s not teaching writing or leading the Teaching Practicum for first-year graduate instructors at SMU, she’s probably at home writing a screenplay or a novel or an opera libretto. Follow Lori’s newest projects at www.loriannstephens.com.

Course Taught

FNAR 7350 Special Topics: Coming of Age Narratives
FNAR 7350 Special Topics: Plotting the Novella
FNAR 7350 Special Topics: Reading and Writing the Family

Charles Sullivan

Charles Sullivan

Dr. Charles Sullivan is currently chair of the Department of History at the University of Dallas, where he also teaches in the Human Sciences department and the History and Philosophy of Science program. He received his B.A. degree from George Mason University and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, and has also taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Reed College. His research centers on the history of the social sciences with a particular emphasis on the history of political economy. He is the recipient of the University of Dallas’s 2012 King Award for scholarship and teaching.

Courses Taught

SCCL 7330 Science, Technology,and Society
SOSC 6344 Contemporary Economics
SOSC 7350 The World in the Twenty-First Century
SOSC 7354 The Intellectual History of Capitalism

Herve Tchumkam

Herve Tchumkam

A graduate from the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 and the University of Pennsylvania, Hervé Tchumkam is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Postcolonial Studies and a Fellow of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU. Trained as a comparatist, his fields of interest include Comparative Postcolonial Studies, Literary Theory, Political Philosophy, African Studies and Human Rights. His publications include numerous essays and book chapters on contemporary fiction and politics with a connection to the (former) French colonies including hexagonal France, the Caribbean and North Africa. As editor, he has published an essay on postcolonial migrations in Africa and its Diaspora, and guest-edited two special issues of scholarly journals devoted respectively to the African Diaspora in France and Agamben, Philosophy and Social Sciences in Africa. He is the author of a monograph entitled State Power, Stigmatization and Youth Resistance Cultures in the French Banlieues: Uncanny Citizenship (2015). He is also the series editor of “Public Cultures of Africa and the Diaspora”, a book series for Muntu Press.

Course Taught

SOSC 7340 The Human Condition in Africa
SOSC 7350 Special Topics: The African Diaspora in France
SOSC 7350 Special Topics: Human Rights and Rwanda

Nicolay Tsarevsky

Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky

Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky obtained his M.S. in theoretical chemistry and chemical physics in 1999 from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He joined Professor Kris Matyjaszewski's research group at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, as a Ph.D. student in 2000, and obtained his doctorate in 2005. He worked on the synthesis of functional polymers by atom transfer radical polymerization, and on development of rules for rational selection of the catalyst for various reaction media, including aqueous solvents. He was awarded the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry (2003), the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award (2004), the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Polymer Group Student Award (2004), as well as the Harrison Legacy Dissertation Fellowship (2004-5), and the National Starch & Chemical Award (2008). He has authored and coauthored 53 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 8 book chapters, a textbook for high school students, and several patents. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University (2005-6), Associate Director of the CRP Consortium (2006), and a member of the founding team of ATRP Solutions, Inc., of which he served as Chief Science Officer (2007-10). He was secretary (2005) and chair (2006) of the Polymer Group of the Pittsburgh Section of ACS, as well as chair of the Section (2009). He joined the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University in the Summer of 2010. His current work focuses on the synthesis and applications of polymers with controlled molecular architecture and functionality. http://smu.edu/chemistry/tsarevsky.asp.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6307 Chemistry and Technology in Art: From Antiquity to the Industrial Revolution
FNAR7368 Science on the Stage

HUMN 7396 To Be Human: Science and Society (DLS)

John M. Vernon

John M. Vernon

J.D., St. Mary's University; B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Mr. Vernon is a practicing attorney, licensed in Texas, Utah, and the District of Columbia, with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, who advises and counsels clients on cross-border international and domestic transactions, international trade, and international franchising. He has taught seminars and spoken as a guest lecturer at law schools both in the US and in many other countries. Mr. Vernon is also adjunct faculty to the SMU Dedman School of Law.

Mr. Vernon has taken an active role in dealing with human rights issues both in the US and abroad. He is involved with Texas Appleseed, where he participates in the pro bono representation of juveniles in the state of Texas who were denied representation of counsel in crucial detention hearings. In addition, he is a member of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, a leading voice in international human rights and the promotion of the rule of law, where he works closely with other international counsel and foreign bar associations reviewing and making comment to Human Rights Institute investigations being conducted in countries with known, on-going human rights violations. Further, he has participated in Human Rights Institute programs analyzing the process of pre-trial detention, access to legal representation and the criminal justice system in several Sub-Saharan African countries. He has also participated in a variety of human rights and international trade projects related to work in Sub-Saharan Africa, most prominently, Malawi. Also, Mr. Vernon is involved with establishing a law school in Livingstonia, Malawi, to educate law students, clergy and attorneys in International Human Rights Law.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6326 Indigenous Peoples' Rights in a Global Economy
SOSC 6301 Terrorism, Torture and International Law
SOSC 7305 Special Topics in Human Rights: Middle East: Sharia Law and Human Rights
SOSC 7324 The Impact of the Arab Spring on Israel and the Middle East
SOSC 7350 Special Topics: Critical Thinking: Immigration, Race, and Human Rights
SOSC 7359 International Human Rights Courts Post-Nuremberg