Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights

Amber Moulton

Associate Director for Research

Amber Moulton leads UUSC’s research program, designed to raise awareness about critical human rights issues through partner-based and participatory action research. As the Associate Director for Research in the Programs, Advocacy, and Action Department, Amber develops and manages research to support our strategic work on climate-forced displacement, migrant justice, and disaster justice.

Prior to joining UUSC, Amber was a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she taught courses on the histories of race, ethnicity, civil rights, and women’s rights in the United States. While there, she helped co-found the multi-campus collaborative Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project, which examines the intersections of race, ethnicity, culture, and place through the lens of Wisconsin farms. She also acted as chair of the College of Letters and Sciences’ diversity, equity, and inclusion (“Inclusive Excellence”) committee, organized a college-wide faculty training on micro-aggressions, and advocated faculty targeted by conservative news outlets, among other work.

Amber started her professional research career with the National Trust for Historic Preservation after graduating from Gettysburg College and then joined the research firm History Associates Inc., where she investigated a wide breadth of topics including the environmental impacts of uranium mining on Indigenous lands to U.S. banks’ investments in the economy of slavery.

She earned a PhD in African American Studies from Harvard University in 2011. She is the author of The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights in Antebellum Massachusetts and several academic articles on social protest movements in the United States.

Her favorite aspect of research at UUSC is working with grassroots partners to design research projects that advance their goals.

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