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About the Authors

Lauren Handley is a third-year student at Webster University – Saint Louis, studying international relations and earning a certificate in international human rights. She is passionate about social justice, human rights, anthropology, and environmental justice. She has been involved with Amnesty International for more than seven years and is president of Webster University’s student chapter. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in international affairs.

Alexandra Lubbe is a senior at Webster University – Saint Louis, where she is earning her undergraduate degree in international human rights with a minor in sociology. Her main academic interests lie in the study of institutionalized racism in the United States, and she is currently involved in Saint Louis organizations focused on issues affecting marginalized people, such as Decarcerate STL and ArchCity Defenders. After graduation, Lubbe plans to pursue an M.A. in sociology and eventually to become a professor.

Nathaniel Reed is a senior earning his double major in political science and Middle Eastern Studies from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. His research and studies focus mainly on humanitarian intervention and the international community with an emphasis on the Middle East.

Lily Sheehan is a second-year undergraduate student at The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, working towards a Bachelor of Arts in politics and modern history. Originally from London, she is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Ireland. Her academic interests include feminist philosophy, British politics, and twentieth century Irish history. She is also an occasional freelance political journalist and activist, serving on the committees of the University of Manchester Feminist Collective and Greater Manchester Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. After graduating, Sheehan hopes to enter the law or politics to further her dream of giving a platform to those she feels have none.

Matt West is a freshman at Webster University – Saint Louis. He grew up in Orleans (a small town on Cape Cod, Massachusetts), where he helped spearhead The Human Rights Academy at his high school. He got his first glimpse of the extraordinary human rights work students can take on when he attended as summit of human rights clubs. He also met a teacher-mentor who regularly brought students to Haiti to help residents better access their right to water; those visits inspired his “Comment” in Righting Wrongs. Now earning an undergraduate degree in international human rights, West lives by the philosophy that in order to know your place in the world, you have to be open to new experiences, people, and cultures.