Currently enrolled Duke undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for summer research funding from the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI to support research projects in the realm of human rights. The goals of the grants are to strengthen research opportunities for students interested in developing, implementing and working in human rights. The 2013 recipients of summer research funding include five undergraduate and four graduate students exploring a variety of human rights issues around the world.
Anastasia Karklina (’14) will travel 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 recent article “Halalgoogling and the Censorship of Ahmadiyya Islam”.
Elizabeth Blackwood (’14) will use “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.
Lucy Dicks-Mireaux (’15) will travel 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.
Fei Gao (’14) plans to conduct a trans-regional study on organizations working on labor and human rights issues in China.
Amanda Hughett will explore grassroots activism and criminal justice politics in North Carolina between 1968-1994.
Yakein Abdelmagid will explore alternative art networks and citizenship rights in Egypt.Sophie Smith will explore 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), will travel with other Duke students to El Porvenir, Honduras, to test for contamination in local water sources and raise community awareness about the short and long-term solutions.
Alix Blair, as a part of her master’s degree thesis, will travel to Uganda to explore how the empowerment of women to protect the environment can facilitate peace-building in post-conflict areas.
Each student will give a presentation about his or her research during the 2013/2014 academic year.