Dr. Inga Winkler is a lecturer at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Her research focuses on socio-economic rights, development, gender, social justice and substantive equality. Current research projects address menstrual health and wellbeing, the human right to sanitation, and the UN Special Procedures.
Her books include the first comprehensive monograph on the human right to water, an edited volume on the Sustainable Development Goals, and the forthcoming Handbook on Critical Menstruation Studies. Her articles have appeared in the International Journal of Human Rights, the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and the Human Rights Law Review among others.
Inga is the Director of the Working Group on Menstrual Health & Gender Justice and a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for the Study of Social Difference. She leads the programming on socio-economic rights in the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She is affiliated faculty at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, the Columbia Water Center in the Earth Institute, the Economic and Social Rights Working Group at the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, and the Center on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen, Norway. Previously, she was in residence as a visiting scholar at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU, at Stellenbosch (South Africa) and at Berkeley.
Inga teaches in the interdisciplinary human rights program at the graduate and undergraduate level and serves as the program's Director of Undergraduate Studies.
From 2009 to 2014 she was the Legal Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, who was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. Inga has also consulted for various international organizations and NGOs including the European Parliament; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the United Nations Development Programme; the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions; WaterAid; the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).
Inga holds a German law degree and a doctorate in international human rights law (summa cum laude).