Human Rights Work

Presentation of the evaluation of the database of the Kosovo Memory Book in Pristina, Kosovo, in February 2015. Photo credit HRDAG.

Presentation of the evaluation of the database of the Kosovo Memory Book in Pristina in February 2015. Photo credit: HRDAG

 

 

 

 

 

I am excited about a symbiosis between social science and the human rights sector, being convinced that both can benefit greatly from each other. On this page, I provide an overview of the projects I  have been or continue to be involved with.

 

  • I am a Field Consultant with the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) since 2009. I co-authored the Statistical Annex to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia, and evaluated the database of the Kosovo Memory Book of the Humanitarian Law Center and the Humanitarian Law Center-Kosovo. I continue to work on various HRDAG research projects. Recently, I contributed to the creation of DatNav, a new guide in support of human rights defenders who want to do research with digital data.
  • In 2010-11, I consulted the Oak Foundation on the use of technology by human rights defenders with regard to current trends and future perspectives. This study allowed me to connect with groups worldwide who work at the intersection of human rights and technology.
  • From 2009 to 2010, I supported ILGA Europe as a HURIDOCS consultant in developing a monitoring, documentation, and reporting strategy for the Russian LGBT Network. I trained the Network’s volunteers on how to use a human rights monitoring and documentation tool that I developed.
  • In 2008, I was a Fellow with Humanity in Action (HIA) and participated in their summer program on human rights and minority issues in the United States. As part of this program, I interned with the Prison University Project (PUP) at San Quentin State Prison. Between 2008 and 2010, I volunteered with PUP as a math tutor for a total of ten months, teaching inmates basic math such as division, fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  • In 2006, I was co-founder of the German student organization Studieren Ohne Grenzen e.V. (Studies Without Borders) that supports higher education in conflict areas. I served as Vice President as well as project lead of the Chechnya Scholarship Program until 2008. I continued to work with the Chechnya project for two more years, such as helping organize a book transfer to war-affected university libraries in Grozny.