Sociology’s Brian Gran discusses Cleveland kidnapping cases, attends UN human rights event

Brian GranBrian Gran, associate professor of sociology with a secondary appointment in law, recently appeared on WEWS NewsChannel 5 four times, giving his perspective on children’s rights in the Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight case.

In addition, he attended and participated in a discussion on human rights indicators at the United Nations. The talk, May 10, was titled “Human Rights Indicators and the Post-2015 Development Agenda” and included a look at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ new publication, “Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation.”

Gran’s research is focused on two projects on children’s rights: developing an international and U.S. measure of children’s formal rights and identifying factors that promote or hinder children’s rights. In 2012, he earned a Fulbright award to conduct his research in Iceland, where he studied the country’s efforts to protect children.