Anthony Chase

Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs

Anthony Chase’s research and teaching interests focus on human rights, the work of international organizations, and the politics of the Middle East and broader Muslim world.


  • Office: Johnson 211
  • Email: achase@oxy.edu
  • Phone: (323) 259-1493
  • Website: Anthony Chase on OxyScholar
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm; Thursday 12:30pm-1:30pm

Education: B.A., UC Santa Cruz; M.A.L.S., Columbia University; M.A.L.D., Ph.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Professor Chase is a theoretician of human rights, most often in the context of the Middle East. His current projects include Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge, 2016) and an article entitled “Human Rights Contestations: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” His most recent book is Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World (2012). Chase was guest editor of a special volume of the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, titled "The Transnational Muslim World, Human Rights, and the Rights of Women and Sexual Minorities" (2007). His first book was Human Rights in the Arab World: Independent Voices (co-edited with Amr Hamzawy, 2006). Among his peer reviewed articles, the most recent is “Legitimizing Human Rights: Beyond Mythical Foundations and Into Everyday Resonances” (Journal of Human Rights, 2013). 

Conferences and Talks

Invited speaker at First International Forum of the Human Rights Movement in the Arab Region, Casablanca, Morocco. Talk title: “Mapping the Impact of post-Arab Uprisings Power Shifts on Human Rights and Democracy in the Arab World,” November, 9 2014.

Invited speaker at Islamism, International Human Rights and Political Transformations in the Middle-East and North Africa Workshop, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK. Talk title: “Political Transitions and the Evolution of Human Rights Discourses in Arab Societies,” September 26, 2014.

Participant: consultative all-day session regarding Cairo Institute of Human Rights’ Program on “Political Islam and Human Rights After the Arab Revolutions,” September 25, 2014.

Organizer, chair, participant, Orientations and Identities: Sexuality and Human Rights on the Global Stage Workshop, Los Angeles, May 2014.