Author Archives: Lorrin Thomas

About Lorrin Thomas

is associate professor of history at Rutgers University in Camden. Her research explores ideas about rights and equality in the twentieth-century Americas. Her first book, Puerto Rican Citizen: History and Political Identity in Twentieth Century New York City (University of Chicago Press, 2010), won the Theodore Saloutos Book Prize and received honorable mention in the Casa de las Américas Prize competition. Her new book project is a study of the politics of human rights in Mexico after the 1960s.

When We Talk about Human Rights

The Language of Human Rights in West Germany Lora Wildenthal Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. 1 + 277 pp. Human Rights in our Own Backyard: Injustice and Resistance in the United States William T Armaline, Bandana Purkayastha, Davita Silfen Glasberg Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. xiv + 325 pp. The Language of Human Rights How do we know we’re talking about the same thing when we invoke human rights? Standard definitions of human rights point to the protection of basic human dignity and Continue reading → Continue reading →