Susan R. Gzesh is executive director of the Human Rights Program of the University of Chicago and a senior lecturer in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division. The Human Rights Program has an interdisciplinary focus that supports curriculum, research, events, and internships for students and faculty from all departments and schools of the University.
Gzesh received her AB in 1972 from UChicago and her JD from the University of Michigan in 1977. For two decades following her graduation from law school, she specialized in matters related to the labor and human rights of immigrants and refugees, working with migrant farm workers in Michigan and Minnesota and with urban immigrants and refugees atthe Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. From 1995 until 2001, she directed the Mexico-U.S.Advocates Network, a binational coalition of civil society organizations, which advocates for the human rights of immigrants in the bination.