Claremont McKenna College

Welcome to The Mgrublian Center for Human Rights

The Mgrublian Center for Human Rights provides an educational experience that combines classroom and hands-on learning, activism, and research to foster in students a deeper understanding of human rights in their lives, and to prepare interested students for careers and postgraduate work in related professions. The Center hosts leading scholars and human rights activists, sponsors academic travel, internships, student-led task forces, research projects, and supports local and global campaigns, thereby advancing the cause of human rights more broadly while helping students develop the ethical commitments and leadership qualities necessary to identify, prevent, and overcome human rights abuses in today’s world.

Our Programs

Research Opportunities

The Center offers a robust student/faculty research fellowship program; a post-graduate fellowship; and annual awards for best thesis and best overall student in the human rights sequence.


The Center supports summer internship experiences with leading human rights organizations involved in policy, activism, development, education, and humanitarian aid around the world.


Student Activism

Student-led Human Rights Task forces raise awareness on campus and address a full range of current national and global human rights issues.


Human Rights Sequence

The Human Rights sequence provides interdisciplinary coursework that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and moral insight needed to identify, analyze, and combat human rights abuses.


Ukraine Can’t Hold Elections During the War. Does it Matter?

Originally published in April 2024 in the Journal of Democracy Russia’s brutal ongoing invasion is preventing Ukrainians from holding a presidential election and the campaigning that comes with it. What does that mean for Ukraine’s democracy? By Anna Romandash Were it...

Honoring the legacy of CMC Professor P. Edward “Ed” Haley

Photos by Sidney Smith ’25 Story by Anne Bergman December 6, 2023 On a crisp autumn evening at Claremont McKenna College’s Athenaeum, Professor P. Edward “Ed” Haley was remembered as a teacher and scholar who for nearly 50 years brought the world into his classroom,...

Fighting continues across Karabakh as casualties mount

Posted on CIVILNET Clashes continued overnight and into Wednesday morning across Nagorno-Karabakh as casualties continued to mount. As of 9 AM local time, “fighting continued with varying levels of intensity along the entire line of contact,” the Artsakh Defense...

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