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University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Economics

Susan M. Randolph


Curriculum vitae
Economic and Social Rights
  Empowerment Initiative


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Department of Economics
University of Connecticut
365 Fairfield Way, Unit 1063
Storrs, CT 06269-1063

Susan M. Randolph

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associate Professor, Dept. of Agriculture and Resource Economics
Co-Director, Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative

Subject Areas: Development Economics, Welfare Economics

Susan Randolph is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut (UConn). She is a faculty affiliate of the Human Rights Institute, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the India Studies Program at UConn. Dr. Randolph is Co-Director of the Economic and Social Rights Initiative and has served as a short-term consultant to the Office of the High Commission on Human Rights, The World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to coming to UCONN, she worked for four years as head of the Program Development division with Turkiye Kalkinma Vakfi, a grassroots development organization that enables poor, landless households to establish viable, self-sustaining economic enterprises. Dr. Randolph's research has focused on a broad range of issues in development economics, including poverty, inequality, food security, and economic and social rights, at both the country and regional levels and has been published in numerous refereed multidisciplinary as well as economic journals. One stream of her work has emphasized measurement while other streams have emphasized development policy. Her work on marginal malnutrition and food security has focused on Mexico, Senegal, and India, while her other work on development policy has been focused cross-nationally as well as on Malaysia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Mexico, Egypt, Nepal, and Indonesia. Dr. Randolph received her BA in Political Science from the University of Oregon and her MA and PhD in economics from Cornell University.

Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University, 1983
M.A., Economics, Cornell University, 1978
B.A., Political Science, University of Oregon, 1971

Courses Taught:
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
Economic Development
— ECON 5473: Economic Development
— ECON 5474: Seminar in Development and Growth

Research Interests: Economic and Social Rights, Poverty and Inequality

Selected Publications
"Bringing Theory into Practice: Framework and Criteria for Assessing Implementation of the International Right to Development,"The Right to Development in Practice: Studies for the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Declaration, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2013) forthcoming (with Maria Green).

"Tracking the Historical Evolution of States' Compliance with their Economic and Social Rights Obligations of Results,"Nordic Journal of Human Rights (2013:Vol 30, pp 297-323) Patrick Guyer.

"The Right to Food: A Global Overview,"in Lanse Minkler (ed.), The State of Economic and Social Rights (2013) Cambridge University Press( Cambridge, MA).

"Economic and Social Rights in the Land of Plenty: Monitoring State Fulfillment of Economic and Social Rights Obligations in the United States,"Human Rights Review (2012:Vol 13, pp 139-165), Michelle Prairie and John Stewart.

"Assessing State Compliance with obligations to Fulfill Economic and Social Rights - A Methodology and Application to the States of Brazil,"Direito ao Desenvolviment (Right to Development) (2010), 425-462 (with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Patrick Guyer, Terra Lawson-Remer, and Louise Moreira).

"Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment Index: Country Scores and Rankings,"Journal of Human Rights (2010) 9(3), 230-261 (with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Terra Lawson-Remer).

"Measuring the Progressive Realization of Human Rights Obligations: An Index of Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment,"Journal of Human Rights (2009) 8(3), 195-221 (with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Terra Lawson-Remer).

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