Herman T. Salton, Ph.D.

Bio

I see myself as an educator, author and global citizen.

Although I was born in Italy and I visit regularly, I’m cosmopolitan by vocation and I don’t identify along national lines. As a child, I used to look at the Alpine ranges hovering over my home town and wonder what lay behind them. Geographically, the answer was Tyrol and Austria, but I ignored it then and thankfully so, for there was a sense of fascination for the unknown and the foreign. Hours were spent marvelling at the planes that criss-crossed those snowy peaks and dark valleys.

Years have passed, but my fascination for the unfamiliar has not diminished. My academic background and life trajectory reflect this curiosity: I have trained in a number of disciplines across several continents, and I’ve had plenty of opportunities to discover what lay beyond the Alps.

After completing law school in Trento, Italy, where I graduated ‘summa cum laude’ in international and comparative law, I moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where I wrote my first doctoral thesis on the French and US approaches to the issue of the Islamic headscarf.

The more I studied law, however, the more I realized that I was missing the bigger picture. It was only at Exeter College, Oxford University—where I completed a two-year MPhil in International Relations—that I discovered the fascinating links between international law and international relations. The natural habitat for such coexistence was the subfield of international organizations, which has become one of my areas of expertise. Under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Wright (Christ Church, Oxford), I wrote my MPhil thesis on the role of the UN Secretariat in Rwanda, a project that was turned into a second doctorate and then into a book (OUP, 2017).

Reflecting this wide range of academic interests, my professional trajectory has spanned a number of fields, multiple cultures, and several continents. After my law degree I served as legal adviser to Ragnar Adalsteinsson & Partners, a Supreme Court law firm in Reykjavík, Iceland, that specializes in bioethics. I was also an officer at the Icelandic Human Rights Center there.

At the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, I founded and edited the New Zealand Law E-Journal and I taught law and history. In Oxford, I was engaged in a range of activities relating to international relations, international history and international organizations, while at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth I taught international law, history and political science, gaining a Teaching Excellence Award in the process. I also briefly worked for the Under-Secretary-General’s office for Political Affairs (USG-DPA) at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

I have been a visiting scholar at several universities, including the University of British Columbia (Canada), the University of Washington (USA), Temple University Tokyo (Japan), the ‘Institut d’Études Politiques’ (Sciences-Po Paris, France), and the City University of New York (USA).

Currently, I serve as Associate Professor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and as  Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Asian University for Women (AUW), a liberal arts college in Chittagong, Bangladesh, with a support foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that promotes gender equality and that draws students from Asia and the Middle East.

I teach and publish in the fields of international relations, international law and international organizations, especially the UN. I’m fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish, and I served as a referee for several publishers, including Oxford University Press (OUP) and ‘International Relations’.

I am also a life-long enthusiast of history and archaeology, and a passionate collector of ancient art.

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