By Debra DeLaet, Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Debra L. DeLaet is Professor of Political Science at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She serves as the David E. Maxwell Distinguished Professor of International Affairs. Her major research interests are in the area of human rights, global health and gender issues in world politics.
Her work focuses on the aspects of immigration in Iowa, its history and the changes in immigration policy in the United States. Professor DeLaet examines the importance of human rights in our everyday lives and how human rights play a role in shaping our workplaces and civic spaces. It builds on approaches to civic engagement that focus on “everyday politics” and emphasize the political capacities of actors in a wide range of settings to generate change.