Jean Carmalt

Jean Carmalt

Assistant Professor
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Ph.D., Department of Geography (2010)
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

Juris Doctor (2003)
Cornell University Law School (Ithaca, NY)

Certificate in International and Comparative Human Rights Law (2001)
National University of Ireland/Galway & New England School of Law (Galway, Ireland)

Bachelor of Arts (1996)
Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Major: Geography. Secondary concentration: International Economics


Dr. Carmalt's research and teaching focus on international law and society, with a particular interest in the right to health, UN human rights processes, and environmental disasters. Her work can be found in journals such as Human Rights Quarterly, Progress in Human Geography, and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, as well as in edited volumes by Cambridge University Press, Routledge, and Oxford University Press.

Scholarly Work

Carmalt, JC (forthcoming 2016). Human Rights, in Routledge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (Ilan Kelman, Jessica Mercer, JC Gaillard, eds.)

Carmalt, JC (2014). Prioritizing Health: A Human Rights Analysis of Disaster, Vulnerability, and Urbanization in New Orleans and Port au Prince. Health and Human Rights 16(1), 1-15.

Carmalt, JC (2014). International law as process: Human rights in context: International law and spatial injustice in New Orleans, Louisiana. Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 63 (147-181).

Yamin, AE and Carmalt, JC. (2013) The United States: Article 25 obligations in the context of inequalities and reform. In Achieving the Universal Right to Health – Article 25 (Gostin, L., Zuniga, J., and S. Marks, eds). Oxford University Press, 231-241.

Carmalt, JC. and C. Haenni-Dale (2012). Human Rights and Disaster. In Handbook of Hazards and Disasters (Wisner, B., J.C. Gaillard, and I. Kelman, eds.). Routledge, 61-70.

Carmalt, JC., S. Zaidi, AE. Yamin (2011). Entrenched Inequity: Health Care in the United States of America. In Human Rights in the USA (Hertel, S. and K. Libal, eds). Cambridge University Press.

Carmalt, JC (2011). Human Rights, Care Ethics, and Situated Universal Norms. Antipode 43(2): 296–325.

Carmalt, JC. and T. Faubion (2010). Creating normative geographies: Care ethics, human rights, and health. Progress in Human Geography 34(3): 292-308.

Carmalt, JC (2008). Holding the U.S. Accountable: How American Health Care Fails to Meet International Human Rights Standards. N.Y. City L. Rev. 11: 359.

Carmalt, JM (2007). Rights and Place: Using Geography in Human Rights Work. Human Rights Quarterly 29(1): 68-85.

Area of Expertise

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

  • Law and society
  • Human geography
  • International human rights law
  • Economic and social rights
  • Political ecology

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