Bruce Kochis

Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences



Bruce Kochis, PhD, University of Michigan, is a senior lecturer. His current research is a comparative analysis of the construction and implementation of human rights in developed and developing societies with particular attention to how discourse shapes political and cultural agendas. For example, the term “human rights” is deployed by various state and non-state actors to achieve a variety of ends, some of which might be consistent with the international human rights regime, while others might not. Under this analysis, “human rights” is viewed not as absolute moral category but as an open discourse in which individuals, cultures, and societies debate their ultimate values and goals.