Human Rights / Norms

Research Interest

Olivia Nouriani

Undergraduate Student
Political Science
Mathematics
Arabic

Olivia Nouriani is a fifth-year student triple majoring in Political Science, Mathematics, and Arabic. She is interested in migration and diaspora studies and Middle Eastern politics, and has previously assisted research projects on Muslim-Jewish relations in the Middle East and the the transnational circulation of transgender rights in the Global South. On campus, she is involved in migrant and labor justice movements. She hopes to pursue a PhD in social science after graduating.

Lisha Chen

Undergraduate Student
Media Studies
Gender and Women's Studies
Lisha Chen (she/her/hers) is a third year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Media Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research interests are the intersectionality of queer identities, Asian-American identities, social media, and contemporary issues. In her free time, she enjoys going on self-care photoshoots with her friends and binge-watching dystopian television shows.

Joanna Vasquez

Undergraduate Student
Political Science

Joanna Vasquez is a junior from La Puente, California who is pursuing a B.A. in Political Science. Her research interests include labor law, immigration, public safety in Latin America, international relations, and foreign policy. Following her time at UC Berkeley, Vasquez hopes to work abroad as a teacher and ultimately go to law school to eventually become a labor law attorney and give back to her community.

Mallika Luthar

Undergraduate Student
Political Science

Mallika Luthar is a fourth-year student majoring in Political Science with minors in Public Policy and Human Rights. Her research interests include exploring election outcomes and the impacts of technology on political participation. She is currently working on an honors thesis focusing on the effects of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections on political preferences. Upon graduation, Mallika will be working as a technology policy consultant before going to law school to pursue tech/IP law. Outside of her academic and professional interests, Mallika loves being outdoors, playing piano...

Rana Nejad

Undergraduate Student
Political Science

Rana Nejad is a student at UC Berkeley completing her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights. Throughout her studies, she has focused mostly on the Middle East and North Africa region where she explores topics ranging from security and counterrorism to refugee rights and humanitarian development. Over the years, she has worked with nonprofits that advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as contributed to a number of international affairs publications. Moving forward, she hopes to further advocate for the human rights of...

Evie Michele Porter

Undergraduate Student
Global Studies
Political Science

Evie Portier is a Dual Degree student from the Netherlands who is interested in international security. She is also the founder of Eefje Tutoring, and the president of STAND (the Student led movement to end mass atrocities) at Berkeley.

Sofia Abramsky-Sze

Undergraduate Student
Psychology
Public Policy

Sofia Abramsky-Sze is a second-year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Policy. She is interested in the intersection of mental health and public policy, especially in relation to gender-based violence and international humanitarian aid. Her research interests concern community-wide trauma, the psychological consequences of forced migration, and systemic violence against women and children. In the past, Sofia has worked on legislative policy at the state and local level. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school and work as a clinical psychologist. Outside of her...

Nadia AlAjmi

Undergraduate Student
Media Studies
Political Science

Nadia AlAjmi is a fourth-year international student from Kuwait that is majoring in Media Studies and Political Science, with a concentration in international relations. Her academic interests broadly include women’s rights, Eastern European politics, political psychology and how these fields intersect. Given her multicultural background, she is fluent in Polish, Arabic and English. Previously, she was a research assistant with the Center for Studies in Higher Education where her work focused on the experiences that women in and after doctoral programs went through, such as racism,...

Scott Straus

Professor
Political Science

Scott Straus (Ph.D. Berkeley, 2004) is a Professor of Political Science who studies political violence, genocide, human rights, and post-conflict politics with an empirical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa (Cornell, 2015), which won the Grawemeyer Award for Improving World Order, the...

Mark Danner

Class of 1961 Distinguished Chair in Undergraduate Education
Graduate School of Journalism
English

Mark Danner is longtime journalist and writer who holds the Class of 1961 Distinguished Chair in Undergraduate Education at the University of California at Berkeley, teaching in both the Graduate School of Journalism and the Department of English. He writes about political violence, war, and American politics, mostly for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, and teaches courses in foreign and war reporting and the realist and modernist novel.