Realizing Rights Lab

Democratic systems cannot operate without citizens’ rights, which are neither automatic nor uniform.  What does it take – in terms of resources, organizations, politics, expertise, and more – to turn formal rights into lived realities? How do barriers to rights manifest at different phases of the policy process, across populations, and geographic spaces?  What can we do to dismantle barriers and build supports to realize rights?  The first phase of the Realizing Rights Lab takes up these puzzles in the context of disability rights in U.S. elementary and secondary education.

Featured Course

IAPA 1701D: Turning Rights into Realities (Spring 2025)


Masters Students/Alum Researchers
David Benoit
Hannah Rosenstein

Undergraduate Researchers
Ananya Narayanan
Brianna Paliz

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Watson Policy Labs, a new initiative of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, will enhance the link between teaching, research and public outreach by addressing specific policy issues through a combination of faculty research, student training, research-based courses and public outreach.
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