Rodolfo Stavenhagen was born in 1932 and died in November 2016. He was a Mexican sociologist; professor-researcher at El Colegio de México and former Deputy Director General of UNESCO. In 2001, he was appointed by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people through Resolution 2001/57. His mandate expired on 30 April 2008.
The Institute of Social Studies awarded its honorary doctorate to Rodolfo Stavenhagen in 1982.