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Kathryn Libal is Associate Professor of Social Work and Associate Director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. She earned her doctorate in anthropology at the University of Washington. She specializes in human rights, social welfare and the state and has published on women's and children's rights movements in Turkey and on international non-governmental organizations' advocacy on behalf of Iraqi refugees. Her current scholarship focuses on the localization of human rights norms and practices in the United States, including a co-edited volume with Dr. Shareen Hertel on Human Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism (Cambridge, 2011) and a new project on the U.S. politics of food security and food assistance policy as a human rights concern. She has also co-authored, with Scott Harding, a short text on Human Rights Based Approaches to Community Practice in the United States (Springer, forthcoming) and is co-editor, with S. Megan Berthold, Rebecca Thomas, and Lynne Healy, of the forthcoming volume Advancing Human Rights in Social Work Education (Council on Social Work Education Press).Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI, the Pauli Murray Project and Humanities Writ Large.