Mark Gibney, J.D., Ph.D.

Belk Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Professor of Political Science

Contact Information

  • 250-3870
  • 211 Zageir Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thursday 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Mark Gibney is the Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professor at UNC Asheville and an Affiliated Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden.  Professor Gibney has taught at Purdue University, the University of Copenhagen, Lund University (Sweden) and the University of Bergen (Norway).  He is also a member of the Economic and Social Rights Group (ESRG), Human Rights Center at the University of Connecticut.

Since 1984, Gibney has directed the Political Terror Scale (PTS), which measures levels of physical integrity violations in more than 185 countries ( Professor Gibney is also one of the founding members of the Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Human Rights Consortium, which in November 2011 produced the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ( His webpage is devoted to reviewing and analyzing human rights film.

In 2011 Gibney was recognized by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association as a Distinguished Human Rights Scholar and in 2006 he received the International Human Rights Award from the North Carolina Coalition on Human Rights.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Michigan;
  • J.D. Villanova University School of Law;
  • BA in Political Science,  Boston College

Courses Taught

  • POLS 327: Constitutional Law
  • POLS 330: Individual  Rights and Civil Liberties
  • POLS 331: Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy
  • POLS 388: Human Rights and International Politics

Curriculum Vitae

Access Mark Gibney's Curriculum Vita here.

Professional Interests

  • Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the Faculty of Law, Lund University, 2014-16
  • Steering Committee and Founding Member, Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Human Rights Consortium, 2007-present
  • Member of the Economic Rights Group (ERG), Human Rights Center, University of Connecticut, 2006-present
  • Past-President, Human Rights Section, International Studies Association
  • Past-President, Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association

Editorial Review Board, Human Rights Quarterly, 1987-present

Editorial Board, Journal of Human Rights, 2001-present

Editorial Board, International Studies Journal (Iran), 2004-present

Chair of the Board of Directors, Inclusive Development International (IDI), 201y-present

Board of Advisors, Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), 2018-present

Senior Editor, Routledge Series in Human Rights, 2018-present

Recent Publications

Selected Book Publications

Selected Journal Articles