Collegiate Affiliation

Carrie Booth Walling is Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota - a hub of interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community outreach in the field of human rights in the College of Liberal Arts. She is Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Minor in Human Rights, a faculty member in the Institute for Global Studies and affiliated faculty at the Hubert H. Humphrey School for Public Affairs. Walling specializes in human rights, human security, transitional justice, the United Nations Security Council and mass atrocity crimes. Passionate about everything human rights, Walling's recent book, Human Rights and Justice for All: Demanding Dignity in the United States and Around the World encourages readers to see the human rights issues in their neighborhoods and equips them to engage in human rights advocacy to promote policy change. Walling is also author of All Necessary Measures: the United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention

Walling is a 2018 Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, served as an election inspector and precinct chair for the Flint City Clerk's Office (Michigan), and is a certified instructor for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program which brings incarcerated and non-incarcerated people together to study justice behind prison walls. At the University of Minnesota, Walling serves on the Human Rights Governing Council and advisory boards of the Center for Genocide and Holocaust Studies and the Immigration History Research Center.

Walling earned her PhD in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Minnesota in 2008. 

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2008
  • MA: Political Science, University of Minnesota, 2006
  • MscEcon : Strategic Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1999
  • BA: International Relations, Michigan State University, James Madison College, 1997


  • human rights
  • transitional justice
  • human security
  • mass atrocity crimes
  • international relations
  • United Nations Security Council