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About the Authors

Admira Alic is a junior majoring in International Studies with an emphasis in International Human Rights. She plans to earn a minor in Psychology and is considering attending graduate school to study Psychology further in the future. After she graduates from Webster University – Saint Louis, Alic would love to work for a non-governmental organization to defend human rights locally and globally. 

Julie Billingsley is a junior at Webster University – Saint Louis majoring in International Human Rights. The disciplines of Philosophy and Anthropology are of great importance to her, as well. She enjoys working at a local non-profit and hopes to continue her education at Washington University. 

Michelle Bloyd-Fink is an undergraduate student at Webster University – Saint Louis earning a double major in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies. She works as a youth facilitator and group leader at RAVEN, a batterers’ intervention program, where she teaches at-risk youth about non-violence and healthy relationships. She is also a volunteer facilitator in RAVEN’s adult men’s program and is currently conducting research for her senior thesis at the organization. Additionally, she volunteers with the YWCA’s sexual assault response team. Her goal after graduation is to attend graduate school and pursue her master’s degree in social work.

Andrew Bushway is a freshman at Webster University – Saint Louis and a first-time human rights student. He is an Audio Production major and hopes to someday be able to make a living playing, recording, and producing music. 

Emily Deters is a senior earning her undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Although she never had a human rights class before taking “Current Problems in Human Rights,” where she served on the editorial team for Righting Wrongs, she enjoyed learning about rights issues around the world. 

Alexandra Dinu was born in Bucharest, Romania. She graduated from Webster University – Saint Louis with undergraduate degrees in International Relations and International Human Rights. She is passionate about Eastern European politics and minority rights, with a particular interest in European policies aimed at ethnic Roma societal inclusion. Her long-term career plans include pursuing a law degree with an emphasis in International Human Rights Law and eventually returning to Romania, where she could provide advocacy and legal assistance to minority groups facing discrimination.

Emily Fry is a junior at Webster University – Saint Louis. She is pursuing a BA in Public Relations with a minor in International Human Rights, as well as an MA in Media Communications. After graduation, she plans to work for an education or health care organization in their public relations department.

Melissa George is a senior studying International Human Rights at Webster University – Saint Louis. She likes to cuddle with animals, bake sweet treats, and travel. 

Elis L. Herman is a senior at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, majoring in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Elis’ areas of interest include transgender and queer health and embodiments, especially as approached through poststructuralist and intersectional feminist frameworks.

Angela Karas is a freshman at Webster University – Saint Louis who hopes to pursue a degree in either Business or Human Resource Management. She works for the leadership program on campus and regularly undertakes volunteer work with her church.

 Miranda Kenny is a sophomore majoring in International Human Rights major with a Photography minor. When she finishes her undergraduate studies, she hopes to promote human rights in the Himalayas by working for non-governmental organization.  

Nicole McMahan is a senior at Florida State University completing her B.S. in Criminology and Sociology. Her research interests focus on the rights of children and women, as well as the legal exploitation of minorities. In her free time, Nicole is a devoted wife and mother who enjoys playing the piano and baking cookies.

Emily O’Connell is a senior at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, majoring in Communications Studies. She is particularly interested in Political Communication in both historical and contemporary contexts. O’Connell is also excited to be presenting a paper at the ECA conference in 2014. She plans to continue focusing on her interests in the intersection of communication, politics, and human rights in graduate school next year and beyond. 

Cara Turcich is a senior at Monmouth University in New Jersey, where she is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and she is devoted to their philanthropy supporting arthritis research. Turcich is currently an Arts Olympiad Officer at the International Child Art Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission of enhancing academic performance and promoting global citizenship by nurturing children’s creativity and developing their empathy.