Dr. Joseph A. Ross

Dr. Joseph A. Ross

Joseph A. Ross received his Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where he focused on the development of international human rights law. His current project is an intellectual and legal history that traces the evolution of human rights concepts by focusing on American participants who were at the center of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial—Robert Jackson, Francis Biddle, and John Parker. His research addresses questions such as: What impact did the Nuremberg Trial have on international human rights law in the postwar period? How did Jackson, Biddle, and Parker understand human rights, national sovereignty, international law, and international engagement before the Trial? Did their views change as a result of their Nuremberg experiences? What challenges, if any, did they face in upholding human rights when they returned home?

Ross has more than twelve years of college teaching experience and has taught a wide range of courses, such as the history of the Holocaust and genocide, war crimes trials and transitional justice, and American foreign relations. He currently serves as a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Peace, War, and Defense curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and as a Lecturer at UNCG. When he is not teaching, Ross enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and traveling.

Scholar Location: 
Thomasville
Travel Regions: 
Statewide

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