About the Authors
Kathleen Alexander is a senior at Webster University-Saint Louis pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, as well as a certificate in International Human Rights. Her primary academic interests include Asian affairs and policy, and behaviors impacting human rights. She enjoys cooking and spoiling her two cats when she has free time.
Caitlin Creech graduated from Webster University-Saint Louis in March 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and double minors in International Human Rights and Latin American Studies. Originally from Kentucky, she studied in London in the spring of 2012 and hopes to return to her favorite city to pursue a master’s degree in International Relations and Human Rights.
Derek J. Demeri is an undergraduate student of Global Politics at Rutgers University. He has interned with the Rutger’s Center for Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights Studies. He has also interned with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and is an active staff member at the university’s student nonprofit, GlobeMed. Previous writing experience includes work for a sexual health magazine geared toward reporting on teen issues. After graduation, Demeri hopes to earn a Master’s degree in Human Rights and then work with non-governmental organizations and the United Nations.
Amber Noble is a native of Columbia, Missouri, who is majoring in Legal Studies at Webster University-Saint Louis. She is also pursuing a minor in Psychology and plans to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work. In the future, she’d like to work as a paralegal or as a counselor for the victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Noble takes a special interest in helping crime victims cope and work through their trauma so that they can move forward with their lives; she hopes that her career will allow her to take on this important work.
Laura Schelenz is an undergraduate student at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She was born and raised in Cologne, Germany. She became interested in American foreign policy after the consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks dominated media attention throughout her youth. Schelenz’s interest in human rights developed while working at the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research. She has studied American Studies at Heidelberg University in Germany since 2010, and is currently an exchange student majoring in Human Rights at Trinity College.
Iris Smeets is finishing her bachelor’s degree of Philosophy in Social and Political Philosophy at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She developed a great passion for development in post-conflict situations, which is reflected by her decision to minor in Conflict Analysis and Management. She spent a semester abroad in South Africa and this paper is the result of a two-year honors research project. She will next pursue a master’s degree in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.