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Mark Gibney

Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professor in Humanities

Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at UNC-Asheville.  He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Lancaster University (UK).  Professor Gibney has taught at Purdue University, the University of Copenhagen, Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Bergen (Norway).  He is presently a consultant at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), Center for the Study of Civil War; and a member of the Economic and Social Rights Group (ESRG), Human Rights Center at the University of Connecticut.

Gibney’s most recent book projects include: The Handbook of Human Rights (edited volume with Anja Mihr) (Sage Publications, forthcoming); Watching Human Rights: The 101 Best Films (Paradigm, 2013); Litigating Transnational Human Rights Obligations: Alternative Judgments (edited volume with Wouter Vandenhole) (Routledge, forthcoming); The Politics of Human Rights: The Quest for Dignity (with Sabine Carey and Steven Poe) (Cambridge 2010); Universal Human Rights and Extraterritorial Obligations (edited volume with Sigrun Skogly) (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010); and The Global Refugee Crisis (ABC-CLIO, 2010).  


Since 1984, Gibney has directed the Political Terror Scale (PTS), which measures levels of physical integrity violations in more than 185 countries (  Professor Gibney is also one of the founding members of the Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Human Rights Consortium, which in November 2011 produced the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (  His webpage is devoted to reviewing and analyzing human rights film.  


Gibney is currently the Chair of the Academic Freedom Committee and Chair of the Human Rights Section of the International Studies Association.  In 2011 he was recognized by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association as a Distinguished Human Rights Scholar. 



  • Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Michigan;
  • J.D. Villanova University School of Law;
  • BA in Political Sicence,  Boston College

Courses Taught

  • POLS 327: Constitutional Law
  • POLS330 WI/DI: Individual  Rights and Civil Liberties
  • POLS 331: Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy
  • POLS 388: Human Rights and International Politics

Curriculum Vitae

Access Mark Gibney's Curriculum Vita here: Gibney CV - August 2013

Professional Interests

  •  Steering Committee and Founding Member, Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Human Rights Consortium, 2007-present
  •  Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Lancaster University, 2007-present
  •  Consultant, Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), Center for the Study of Civil War, 2007-present
  •  Member of the Economic Rights Group (ERG), Human Rights Center, University of Connecticut, 2006-present
  •  Member of the Migration Industry and Markets for Managing Migration (Copenhagen), 2009-present
  •  Chair-Elect, Human Rights Section, International Studies Association
  •  Past-President, Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association

Recent Publications

Latest Book Publications

Selected Journal Articles

Contact Information

Office: 211 Zaiger Hall
Phone: 828.250.3870

Office Hours

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Tuesday 10:00 - 3:00pm
or by appointment