William Paul Simmons Ph.D.

About William Paul Simmons Ph.D.

William Paul Simmons is Associate Professor in Gender and Women's Studies and Honors Interdisciplinary Faculty at the University of Arizona. His research is highly interdisciplinary; using theoretical, legal, and empirical approaches to study social justice and human rights issues. 

His recent book, Human Rights Law and the Marginalized Other (Cambridge UP, 2011) examines the potential for reinvigorating human rights law from the perspectives of marginalized peoples. From 2008 to 2010 Dr. Simmons mentored Chinese human rights professors and activists in interdisciplinary research methodologies as part of a joint initiative of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. This project resulted in a book that he co-edited with Todd Landman and Rhona Smith entitled Human Rights in Our Time: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (originally published in Chinese).  

He also works on human rights issues in Mexico and at the U.S.-Mexico border.  With Carol Mueller he has edited a book on localizing human rights in the US-Mexico context that will be published later this year by the University of Pennsylvania Press. With Michelle Tellez, he has researched sexual violence against migrant women and children.  He has also published two law review articles and a book chapter on violence against women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. And, in November 2010, he was invited to give presentations and engage in high-level talks with the Rafto Symposium in Bergen, Norway at the occasion of awarding Bishop Vera of Saltillo, Mexico the Rafto Human Rights Prize.

He has published in such leading journals as Philosophy and Social CriticismYale Human Rights & Development Law Journal,  Perspectives on Politics, The Journal of International Human Rights, and Social Sciences Quarterly.  He has served as a consultant on human rights and social justice issues in The Gambia (West Africa), China, Mexico and the United States. 

While at Arizona State University, Dr. Simmons led the development and implementation of an innovative MA program in Social Justice and Human Rights that features a community-embedded, globally engaged, and learner-centered curriculum.  He was also the lead coordinator of his campus’ signature annual Border Justice event as well as the organizer of numerous other social justice symposia.

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William Paul Simmons Ph.D.
Associate Professor of GWS and Honors Interdisciplinary Faculty
Telephone: 520-626-7884
Fax: 520-621-1533
Office: 114C