Dr Kurt Mills
- Senior Lecturer (Politics)
Office Hours: Monday 11.00am-12.00pm, 3:00pm-4:00pm
I joined the University in 2004. I received my BA from Hampshire College (1988), and MA (1990) and PhD (1995) from the University of Notre Dame. I previously taught at The American University in Cairo, Mount Holyoke College, James Madison University, and Gettysburg College, and served as the Assistant Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. My main teaching and research interests are in the areas of international organizations, human rights, refugees, and humanitarianism. My regional area of interest is sub-Saharan Africa, and I have conducted research in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
My current research project, for which I have received grants from the British Academy and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, is on the relationship between three related sets of international human rights norms - the responsibility to protect, international criminal justice, and humanitarianism - and how they are used in international responses to conflict in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. I am also involved in a project looking at the relationship between Africa and the International Criminal Court.
- 'Responsibility to protect, to prosecute, or to feed: evaluating the interaction of normative frameworks'
British Academy, £7,436
September 2007 to December 2009
- 'International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africa: Responsibility to Protect, Prosecute, and Palliate'
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, £1660
- British Academy Overseas Conference Grant, £500
- 'Human Rights and Security'
Chancellor's Fund, £5,050
- International Relations
- Human Rights
Current research students
Ahmed Ben Aessa
- Thesis title: Libyan foreign policy: a study of policy shifts in respect of Libya's Nuclear Programme
- Thesis title: Is the Pakistani nuclear weapons program secure?
Past research students
- Politics 2B: International Relations
- Honours: Human Rights in Global Perspective
- Convener, MSc/MRes in Human Rights and International Politics
- Convenor, MSc in International Relations
- International Officer
Other University Roles
- Co-convenor, College of Social Sciences Theme on Security, Justice, Rights and Conflict
Other External Roles
- Founding Chair, Human Rights Section, International Studies Association
- Editorial Board, Journal of Human Rights
- External Examiner, Undergraduate International Relations, University of St. Andrews