Jo Butterfield

Student and Education Support Specialist
Adjunct Assistant Professor of History
Adjunct Lecturer in Human Rights
Human Rights Certificate Program Advisor

Jo Butterfield holds a Ph.D. in History and a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on the creation of modern human rights standards, particularly how feminist activism and ideas about gender shaped the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Jo has been involved with the Center since 2004, and even worked with the Human Rights Certificate program when it was first launched!   

Courses taught in the Certificate

  • Introduction to Human Rights
  • History of Human Rights
  • Global Crisis and Human Rights
  • Topics in Human Rights: Human Rights at Iowa
  • Topics in Human Rights: Democracy & Human Rights