Two Texas Tech professors have received human rights education grants.

Hans Hansen, assistant professor in the Rawls College of Business, and Jill Patterson, professor in the Department of English, will each be awarded $20,000 to fund trips, create a human rights course, and implement research in the field.

The professors will travel on an Embrey Human Rights Program trip in December to World War II Holocaust sites, and will meet with Holocaust survivors.

Hansen is the first professor from the Rawls College of Business to receive a human rights fellowship, and was selected for his work related to death penalty defense. He plans to create a course focusing on “The Corporation in Human Rights.”

Patterson plans to create a course teaching writers to effectively use their storytelling skills to assist nonprofit organizations.

The fellowships are funded by the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.