The 2013 recipients of summer research funding included five undergraduate and four graduate students exploring a variety of human rights issues around the world.

UnknownAnastasia Karklina (’14) traveled to Ghana and Israel to conduct comparative studies of a historically marginalized minority sect, Ahmadiyya Islam, focusing on Islamic theology and non-violent conflict resolution. Click here for Karklina’s article on “Halalgoogling and the Censorship of Ahmadiyya Islam.” To watch an updated video of Anastasia’s research, click here.

Lucy Dicks-Mireaux (’15) traveled to Washington, D.C., and New York City to interview representatives from the United Nations, World Bank, USAID, the State Department, and human rights and technology NGOs to understand how trends in Intellectual Property Law often conflict with human rights. To watch an updated video of Lucy’s research, click here.

Fei Gao (’14) conducted a trans-regional study on organizations working on labor and human rights issues in China.  Click here to watch a video update of Fei’s project.

Amanda Hughett explored grassroots activism and criminal justice politics in North Carolina between 1968-1994. Click here for more information on Amanda’s research and a video update. 

Beth BlackwoodElizabeth Blackwood (’14) used “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland as a case study for her research on the role of museums in the historical memory of partition and conflict. Her interest in this topic was sparked by her experience in the DukeEngage program in Belfast in summer 2012. For a video update on Elizabeth’s research, click here.

Yakein Abdelmagid explored alternative art networks and citizenship rights in Egypt.

Sophie Smith explored the roles of local residents and humanitarian aid organizations in supporting migration across the U.S./Mexico Border.

In cooperation with the DHRC@FHI, the Nicholas School program on human rights and the environment sponsored two research grants:

Nicole Bautista (’16), as a member of the student organization Project HEAL (Health Education and Awareness in Latin America), traveled with other Duke students to El Porvenir, Honduras, to test for contamination in local water sources and to raise community awareness about short and long-term solutions. Click here to find out what she discovered. For a video update of Nichole’s project, click here.

Alix Blair, as a part of her master’s degree thesis, traveled to Uganda to explore how the empowerment of women to protect the environment can facilitate peace-building in post-conflict areas. For a video update on Alix’s research, click here.

Click here to read the full article that was published in DukeToday.