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About the Authors

Admira Alic developed a keen interest in Middle Eastern politics and the Arab Spring during her studies at Webster University – Saint Louis. She earned her B.A. in International Human Rights in 2016.

Alyssa Buettner graduated from Webster University – Saint Louis in May 2016 with a degree in International Human Rights, a minor in Business, and a minor in Graphic Design. She enjoys studying development and its impacts both globally and locally. She is looking forward to working for a nonprofit organization where she can continue to study and help in these areas.

Henrietta Campbell earned a B.A. in International Human Rights at Webster University – Saint Louis in 2016. A dedicated intern at Saint Louis’ Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG), Campbell’s work on Trans* rights was featured at several area research conferences during the 2015/16 academic year. Campbell is currently living in Washington, D.C., pursuing a master’s degree in Human Resources at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.

Ilhan Ali was born in Somalia, lives in Maine, and graduated from Webster University – Saint Louis with a B.A. in International Human Rights. Personal experiences with forced displacement and humanitarian aid have prompted Ali to investigate international responses to rights abuses, including (inadequate) protections of the right to food in Somalia, Syria, and beyond.

Monica Henson spent two years working with the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies before graduating with her B.A. in International Human Rights. An active member of Webster’s campus chapter of Amnesty International, Henson delivered the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences student commencement address. Following graduation, she traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States and she is currently pursuing job opportunities related to education rights.

Erin Coleman is a Saint Louis native who studied International Human Rights and Cultural Anthropology at Webster University. Throughout her undergraduate career, she focused her attention on critiquing the humanitarian discourse in hopes of improving the provision of aid and the protection of human rights.