RICHARD A. WILSON is Gladstein Chair of Human Rights and Director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut.

He is the author of numerous works on political violence and social movements in Guatemala, including the book Maya Resurgence in Guatemala (1995). His research on questions of memory, truth and justice and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission led to the monograph The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: legitimizing the post-apartheid state (2001, Cambridge University Press). He has edited or co-edited four books; Low Intensity Democracy: political power in the new world order (1993) Human Rights, Culture and Context (1997), Culture and Rights (2001) and Human Rights in Global Perspective (2003). He is presently editing a volume titled Human Rights and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press Law Series, 2005).

Presently he is writing about the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and developing a research project (with historian Richard Brown) on 'The Foundations of Humanitarianism' which examines global social movements to end the suffering of others during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is Associate Editor of the journal Anthropological Theory and serves on the editorial board of Critique of Anthropology, Social Justice and the Journal of Human Rights.