Her new book is Human Rights Matters: Local Politics and National Human Rights Institutions.
A few days ago I asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
I’m reading three books at the same time. First, I am reading Lynn Hunt’s Inventing Human Rights, a brilliant intimate history of the origins of the idea of human rights. The part of the book that had a big impact on me was its excruciating detail about various forms of torture – including “breaking them on the wheel” (describing it as turning someone into a pretzel by strapping them to a wheel and contorting them in different directions).Read an excerpt from Human Rights Matter, and learn more about the book at the Stanford University Press website.
Second, I am reading my own book Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy to prepare for a speech. I’m trying to imagine what it would be like to add Obama – or if I should write a new book.
Finally, I have one of my son’s Hardy Boys mysteries in my bag, just in case I get stuck in traffic or a long line. I’m trying to see why he loves the entire 60-plus Hardy Boys that have made their way into my house.
Read more about Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy.
Learn more about Julie A. Mertus' scholarship and teaching at her American University webpage.