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Dr. Elizabeth Borgwardt

Dr. Elizabeth Borgwardt
2012-2013 Cummings Foundation Fellow

"The Nuremberg Idea: ‘Thinking Humanity’ in History, Law and Politics"

Professional Background

Dr. Elizabeth Borgwardt is Associate Professor of History at Washington University in St Louis and currently serves as the Richard and Ann Pozen Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the University of Chicago (USA). She is also a permanent faculty affiliate at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Germany. She received a JD from Harvard University and a PhD in history from Stanford University. For her Cummings Foundation Fellowship, she conducted research for her project “The Nuremberg Idea: ‘Thinking Humanity’ in History, Law, and Politics.”

Dr. Borgwardt is the author of several books and articles, including A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights (2005; paperback, 2007; fourth printing, 2011); “Nuremberg as a New Deal Institution: The Limits of Law in Generating Human Rights Norms,” in Law and History Review 26(3) (2008); “Constitutionalizing Human Rights: The Rise and Rise of the Nuremberg Principles,” in The Human Rights Revolution: An International History (Akira Iriye et al., eds., 2012); and “NGOs at the 1945 UN San Francisco Conference: A Contested History of ‘Human Rights . . . without discrimination,’” in Fog of War: Civil Rights in the World War II Era (Kevin Kruse and Stephen Tuck, eds., 2012).

Fellowship Research

She is currently working on several manuscripts and articles relating to human rights ideas and institutions, including a text on corporate complicity in human rights abuses.

Dr. Borgwardt was in residence at the Mandel Center from 1 July to 31 August 2012 and 1 July to 31 July 2013