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claude welch receives lifetime achievement award

Professor Claude Welch Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Claude Welch of the Department of Political Science received the American Political Science Association’s 2014 lifetime achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Human Rights at the association’s annual meeting in August.  The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries.  This award recognizes an individual who has worked in the field of human rights and made an exceptional contribution to the field through research, teaching and mentorship.

Professor Welch is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  His career at the University at Buffalo has spanned fifty years.  His research for the past several years, and continuing into the future, involves the effectiveness of human rights non-governmental organizations.  He has documented in several books how, as key parts of civil society, NGOs have become central to the promotion and protection of human rights.