Human Rights Scholars


Class of 2023

Alaman Diadhiou, Benjamin Franklin College, Comparative Literature

Ella Goldblum, Saybrook College, History

Ryan Huynh, Berkeley College, Ethnicity, Race & Migration

Larissa Jimenez, Morse College, History

Shaezmina Khan, Trumbull College, Global Affairs

Neha Middela, Davenport College, Anthropology 

Francesca Nyakora, Ezra Stiles College, African Studies and Political Science

Sheri Ofwona, Grace Hopper College, Anthropology and Economics

Jasselene Paz, Silliman College, Ethnicity, Race, & Migration

Nick Randos, Saybrook College, Political Science

Mariluz Tejeda Leon, Ezra Stiles College, History

Melissa Wang, Trumbull College, Ethnicity, Race, & Migration and History

Class of 2024

Faisal Al Saud, Berkeley College, Political Science

Kanyinsola Anifowoshe, Ezra Stiles College, American Studies

Kaise Dualeh, Jonathan Edwards College, Global Affairs

Sofia Godoy, Saybrook College, Ethnicity, Race, & Migration and Political Science

Madison Hahamy, Grace Hopper College, English

Robby Hill, Jonathan Edwards College, Ethics, Politics, & Economics

Hana Karanja, Benjamin Franklin College, Humanities

Sofía Kouri, Pauli Murray College, Architecture

Eliza Kravitz, Morse College, History

Forrest LaPrade, Branford College, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

Diego Lopez, Berkeley College, Political Science

Abigail Maher, Timothy Dwight College, Undeclared

Gabriela Mitrushi, Pauli Murray College, History

Sai Rayala, Timothy Dwight College, History

Sandra Redjali, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Razel Suansing, Davenport College, Modern Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science


Class of 2025

Esha Akhtar, American Studies

Lucía Amaya Martínez, History

Isabel Arroyo, Philosophy

Sarah Cheung, Environmental Studies

Nasser Eid, African American Studies and Political Science

Anna Elesinmogun, Political Science

Simona Hausleitner, Neuroscience

Kathryn Hemmer, Political Science

Talia Kolodkin, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Ruth Lee, Political Science

Isabel Leka, Psychology

Tim Yuen Lingk, Political Science

Thalsa-Thiziri Mekaouche, Undeclared

Semira Mohamed, History

Paola Santos, Humanities

Human Rights Program Alumni

Many of our alumni are pursuing post-graduate study or professional opportunities that directly involve human rights. Others are applying what they learned in the Program to their jobs in research, journalism, teaching, and elsewhere. Below is a list of our Program alumni and the titles of the capstone projects they completed in their senior year.

Yasmin Abdella, JE ’22, Ethnicity, Race & Migration
Enduring Memories of War in the Collective Identity of Ethiopian Tigrayans and Their Diaspora

Amal Altareb, PC ’22, Global Affairs
The Plight of Muhamasheen: Denial of Yemeni Identity and Humanity

Keerthana Annamaneni, TD '20, Political Science
Justice for the Wrongfully Convicted: Rethinking New Haven's Pardon Process

Nico Aramayo, TD '17, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
The "Paradise" Of the Muxes

Antonia Ayres-Brown, SY '20, American Studies
"Children of the Hated": The Lebensborn Generation and Inherited Guilt in Norway

Rachel Baker, MC ’17, History
Human Rights, Reparations and New York’s Drug War

Carmen Baskauf, SY ’17, History
Vulnerability to Trafficking in Protracted and Post-Crisis Situations: Considerations for Scenario Planning in the MENA Region

Madeline Batt, ES '19, Political Science
Transformative Justice for Sexual Violence: Seeking Reconciliation Between Two Movements

Siduri Beckman, JE '20, Global Affairs
The Individual and the Collective in Decarceration Advocacy: Observing the Human Rights of Individuals with Violent Offenses

Michael Borger, SM '20, Global Affairs and Ethics, Politcs, & Economics
"Le Murden la Mano a Quien Les Quitó el Bozal": Examining the Killings of Mexican Journalists Under the Current Presidency

Eva Branson, DC '18, History
Performed Refuge

Joelle Besch, PC ’22, Global Affairs
An Evaluation of the UN CEDAW Individual Complaints Mechanism

Brenda Cachay Gutiérrez, SM ’21, Global Affairs
The Underside of Silicon Valley: The Influence of Facebook on the Belle Haven Community’s Human Rights

Isabella Canava, JE ’22, History
The Securitization and Externalization of Migration Management: How the War on Drugs Became a War on Migration

Zahra Chaudhry, JE ’22, History
Stories of Resilience and Self Advocacy: The Work of Somali Activists in Minneapolis

Jade Chowning, TC '19, Political Science
The New Court Watch Movement: Perspectives from Prison Abolitionism and Human Rights

Jordan Cozby, BR '20, History
Preservation and Elevation: Archiving the Interfaith Sanctuary Movement

Isabel Cruz, DC ’17, Sociology
Remember Repeat: Human Rights Narratives and Aesthetic Projects

Hana Davis, MC '20, Architecture
The Revolution of Our Time: 2019 and Hong Kong's Last Line of Defense

Alaman Diadhiou, BF ’23, Comparative Literature
Colors: Considering the Relationship between the Arts and Human Rights Through Theory and Practice

Edwin Prince Edem, TC '18, Political Science
The Horrors of Being Branded a Witch in Ghana

Hala El Solh, BK '20, Ethics, Politics, & Economics
Illuminate: A Short Story on Syrian Journalist Disappearances

Nishi Felton, ES ’22, Ethics, Politics, & Economics
What Could Reparations Look Like, 100 Years After a Crime?

Charlotte Finegold, BK ’17, English
Hope Village Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Curriculum

Julia Char Gilbert, DC '18, Political Science
Towards an Ethical Human Rights Photography - Community-Based Photography with Immigrant Women in Greater New Haven

Ella Goldblum, SY '23, History
"I Just Want a Chance at Life”: Storytelling in Solitary Confinement and the Human Rights Narrative

Shannon Guerra, TD ’21, Political Science
A “Growing Concern”: The Public’s Xenophobia Toward and Discrimination Against Venezuelan Migrants in Ecuador”

Danielle Harris, BK ’21, History
Heed Their Voices: Lessons for Human Rights Organizations Inspired by African Americans in the Civil War Era

Jordan Harris, BF '20, Psychology
From the Souls of the Ancestors: How Black Americans Inherit Memories, Trauma, and Strength through Ancestral Memory

Jade Harvey, ES ’17, Ethnicity, Race & Migration
Human Rights and the 2016 Election: An Op-Ed Series on Current Debates, Rhetoric and the Years Ahead

Elena Hodges, SM ’17, Political Science
Resource Access Mapping Project (RAMP)

Ryan Huynh, BK '23, Ethnicity, Race & Migration
From the son of a Vietnamese Refugee: Uncovering the Multi-Layered Injustices against Central American Refugees

Aaliyah Ibrahim, MY '19, Environmental Engineering
Nigerian Activists and the International Human Rights Regime: A Case Study of #BringBackOurGirls

Tyler Jager SM ’22, Political Science
The Narratives and Aesthetics of Cosmopolitan Friendship: A Theory of Human Rights and Solidarity for ESL Classes at Art Galleries

Larissa Jimenez, MC '23, History 
"We need to defend human rights together": Reconciling the Reproductive Rights and LGBTQ+ Rights Movements in Latin America

Folasade Kammen, TC '19, Political Science
Human Rights, Media, and the Kibera Experience

Trent Kannegieter, SY ’21, History
Colombia and College Football: The Story of a Mineworker’s Murder, the University of Alabama, and What We Owe Each Other

Anthony Kayruz, BR ’17, Ethics, Politics & Economics
"Geovani": A Human Rights Screenplay about Central American Asylum-Seeking Children and the Lawyers Who Defend Them

Shaezmina Khan, TC '23, Global Affairs
A Road Towards International Recognition: The Taliban’s Charm Offensive Strategy and Fledgling Relationship with Beijing

Jayashree Khemka, JE '20, Psychology
The Ethics of Storytelling in Human Rights

Gabriel Klapholz, BR ’22, Global Affairs and History
Karl Jaspers and the Trial of Ratko Mladic: Theorizing Guilt in the Bosnian Genocide

Jever Kohli-Mariwala, ES ’21, English
Substantive Urban Citizenship: India’s Migrant Workers and the “Right to the City”

Ananya Kumar-Banerjee, BK ’21, Ethnicity, Race, & Migration
Slow Violence vs. Slow Kindness: Fighting the Isolation of Incarceration in the COVID-19 Pandemic Through Creative Writing 

Makayla LaRonde-King, BR ’21, Political Science
Forthcoming: Manifesting an Abolitionist Future by Living in an Abolitionist Present

Robert LaRose, DC ’17, Global Affairs
Bridge International Academies: An Expanding Business and an Expanding Controversy

Hyun Jin (Jenny) Lee, SY ’22, Political Science
Pencil, Paper, and Brush: The Advocate’s Role in Prison Storytelling

Wellington Mackey, TD '18, Political Science
Refugee Interactive Sessions in English (RISE)

Claudia Macri, TC '20, Ethics, Politics, & Economic
Love from Linden Trees: A Creative Reflection on the Romanian Revolution

Ishrat Mannan, DC ’17, Economics and Ethnicity, Race & Migration
Hope Village Curriculum: An Exploration of Human Rights, Feminism, and Islam

Zulfiqar Mannan, MC '20, English
Seeking Paradise Within Settler Colonialism 

Larissa Martinez, TD ’21, History
The Undocumented Political Identity: A Critical Analysis of Immigration Discourse Re-centering Transnational Third-World Solidarity

Maria Melchor, MC '18, History
Hispanic Immigrants in Southern Connecticut Make Claims on U.S. Nation-State

Abhinav Menon, JE '18, Math & Philosophy
Sovereign Debt Workouts and Socioeconomic Rights: Greece 2010-2015

Neha Middela, DC '23, Anthropology 
Examining Barriers and Possibilities for Human Rights Education

Allison Miller, SY '19, Ethics, Politics & Economics
Understanding How the Rule of Law Field Views Itself

Rohan Naik, ES '18, History
Gun Buyback 2017 in New Haven

Francesca Nyakora, ES '23, African Studies and Political Science
Insiders & Outsiders: What It Means to Represent The International Human Rights System in “The Field,” Insights Into The Role of Identity in Human Rights Work

Sheri Ofwona, GH '23, Anthropology and Economics
Of Butterflies and Blue Band: Tracing the Genealogy of Contemporary Multinational Corporations as Metamorphosed Colonial Projects

Kar Jin Ong, BK ’17, History
Penghasut: Sedition, Dissidence, and Censorship in Malaysia

Alejandra Padin-Dujon, DC '18, Math & Philosophy and Modern Middle Eastern Studies
Revolutionizing Human Rights: Women in Democracy in Northern Syria

Jasselene Paz, SC '24, Ethnicity, Race & Migration
"El pueblo unido jamás será vencido”: Lack of Victim-Oriented Justice, Social Conditions that Le(a)d to Authoritarianism, and the Need for Internal Enemies in Post-Civil War El Salvador

Laura Plata, BK '19, Ethics, Politics & Economics
Echoes from the Past: U.S. Policy Towards Haitian Asylum Seekers

Helen Price, DC '18, Anthropology
Masculinity, Power Dynamics, and Creating a Positive Sexual Climate

Lisa Qian, SM '20, Economics
The Automation of Agency: How Machines are Changing the Relationship Between Labor and Capital at Yale

Sebastian Quaade, PC ’21, Economics & Mathematics
Desmond’s Law and Animal Rights

Keshav Raghavan, MY ’21, Applied Mathematics & History
Human Rights in a Post-Human World

Akhil Rajan, BR ’21, Political Science

Nick Randos, SY '23, Political Science
Youth Equity Science Forum Manual

Shyamala Ramakrishna, DC ’17, Ethics, Politics & Economics
Remember Repeat: Human Rights Narratives and Aesthetic Projects

Kyle Ranieri, HC '18, History and Global Affairs
The Diné Marriage Act—A Colonial Relic and Human Rights Violation

Isabelle Rhee, BK ’22, Ethnicity, Race & Migration
The Right to a Roof: Santa Ana Mobile Home Communities Rally for Rent Control

Emily Rice, PC '18, Global Affairs
Comedy in Human Rights

Branson Rideaux, ES '20, African American Studies
Perplexities of Personhood: Living as Human Persons

Nicholas Ruiz-Huidobro Magdits, TC ’21, Cognitive Science
“Maldito el que no respeta el derecho de forastero”: The Role of Religion and Religious Institutions in Mitigating Migration Trauma

Marwan Safar Jalani, BR '20, Political Science
Crimes Against Syrian Human Plurality: Critiquing Legitimacy in Post-War Syria Under the Assad Regime

Carolyn Sacco, ES ’21, Ethnicity, Race, & Migration
Giving Back the Right to Childhood: Using Storytelling to Change the Rhetoric of Juvenile Justice Reform

Daniela Schulman, DC '20, Environmental Studies
Empowerment Under Occupation: Fair Trade and Organic Agriculture in the West Bank

Rayan Semery-Palumbo, MC '19, Global Affairs
Reconstituting Far-Right Populism Through the Spanish Context

Rosa Shapiro-Thompson, PC '19, History
The Special Immigrant Visa Program: Towards a Relational Justice in Iraq and Afghanistan

Yasamin Sharifi, JE '19, Environmental Studies
Three Faces of Subjectivity: War as Unmaking, Storytelling as Reclaiming, and the Meaning of Human Rights

Anna Smist (Sac & Fox, Deer Clan), BR ’21, English
“Some things are not for sale”: The Failure of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in the Case of Jim Thorpe

Shannon Sommers, TC ’22, Political Science
Reproducing the Nation: Decoding Reproductive Violence Against Undocumented Women

Timiebi Souza-Okpofabri, DC ’17, Ethnicity, Race & Migration
Teaching Human Rights: Re-Assessing the Relevance of Caribbean Social Studies

Nicholas Stewart, SM ’17, History
Understanding Future Enrollment: An Analysis of Data from the Smart Farmer Association Recruitment and Trial

Eliana Swerdlow, BR ’21, English
Witness to Witness

Teigist Taye, PC ’22, Anthropology
The Truth(s) in Testimony: Sixteen Years Later, a Man Maintains His Innocence

Teodora Tyankova, SM ’21, Economics
Reproductive Health in Bulgaria: An Educational and Personal Crisis

Lekha Tlhotlhalemaje, PC '19, Environmental Studies and History
This is Our Land: Land Tenancy, Expropriation Without Compensation and Justice in uMgungundlovu, South Africa

Ava Tomasula y Garcia, HC ’17, American Studies
Slow Burn: The Future as Seen from Wolf Lake – Humans, Persons, Water, and Volcanoes in Indiana’s Rust Belt

Mariluz Tejeda Leon, ES '23, History
Exploring the Accessibility of Human Rights: A Community-Based, Forum Theater Approach

Trinh Truong, SY '19, Political Science
Southeast Asian Women: Voices from the Immigration Resistance

Liana Wang, DC '20, Economics
Explorations of Transnational Identity

Melissa Wang, TC '23, Ethnicity, Race, & Migration and History
African American Prisoners and Human Rights in the 1970s

Sherrie Wang, ES ’22, Political Science
The Right to Health in the United States: More Than a Human Right

Alexis Williams, HC '18, African American Studies
Human Rights in the African American Imagination

Matthew Wrocklage, HC '18, Sociology
Mending a Broken Mirror: Collective Self-Understanding and the Strategic Meaning of Claims to ‘Indigenousness’ in West Papua and Beyond

Angela Xiao, JE ’21, History
Lessons from the Debate on Jail-building to Close Rikers: Evaluating the Acceptability of Concessions in the Balance between Incremental and Systemic Change