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    The GHR Hub Fellows Program

    October 2021 - October 2022

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GHR Hub Fellows

The Global Human Rights Hub brings together ASU faculty members from across ASU’s four campuses, who are actively researching issues related to global human rights.  The Hub Fellows program will provide networking and mentoring opportunities for ASU graduate students. ASU graduate students at any level and from any discipline whose work touches on human rights are invited to get involved in our work and be a part of our programming and publication opportunities. We will feature a biography of each Hub Fellow on the GRH Hub website for the academic year. Fellows write a series of blog entries on topical issues in the field of human rights that are connected to their research. Our goal is to highlight the important work that ASU graduate students are doing while providing them with mentoring and networking opportunities.

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2021-2022 Hub Grad Fellows

 photo of Leah Leah Goldmann is doctoral student in Women and Gender Studies at ASU's School of Social Transformation where her research focuses on accountability in feminist movements to end violence against women. She is gender specialist and feminist activist with almost 10 years of experience working on global sexual and reproductive health and rights, violence against women prevention and response, and health and human rights. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor and an M.P.A. from Columbia University. 
photo of Sinmyung Park Sinmyung Park is a Ph.D. student (Justice Studies) in the School of Social Transformation. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in International Studies from Kyung Hee University (Korea). He is a former political research officer of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. His research interests in Myanmar's conflict-torn Rakhine State and human rights violations in Southeast Asia are a direct reflection of his personal career experiences. He plans to expand his research toward addressing the ongoing civil resistance movements against Myanmar's illicit military regime.
photo of Simon Lee Simon A. Lee (SAL) is currently working on his M.A. in International Affairs & Leadership at the School of Politics and Global Studies with the new Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab, and what makes his third degree at Arizona State University. SAL holds a B.A. in Political Science with Certificates in International Security, Socio-Legal Theory, and Human Rights, along with a M.A. in Global Security making him a two-time Sun Devil Alumni. His research interests are diplomacy, national security, human rights, enforcement of international law, and international institutions. SAL is also a Marine Corps veteran and is affiliated with the Veterans Scholar Program, Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ), National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Caribbean Student Association @ ASU, Global Council of Diplomats, African American Men @ ASU (AAMASU), Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, and the US Global Leaders Coalition. 
photo of Brittany Brittany "Bri" Romanello (she/her/ella pronouns) is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Trained in both cultural anthropology and qualitative sociology, her general research interests are Latinx migrations, gender roles, and religious politics in the US. Bri's dissertation project utilizes ethnographic methods to better elucidate how Latina immigrant Mormons experience belonging, gender and parenting in the US border state of Arizona. Her work uses Church history and Mormon ideological frameworks as a lens by which Church and Academic constituents alike can better understand immigrant incorporation, identity negotiation, resource allocation, and personal power in faith-based community contexts. She is an adjunct instructor of Anthropology at Phoenix college, currently a member of the BYU Maxwell Institute Women's History Consultation, and the Research Assistant Manager for the NSF and Russell Sage-funded "Arizona Youth Identity Project" at ASU's T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics.
photo of Phil Berry Phil Berry is student in the Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership (EMSL) Program in the College of Global Futures. Phil has spent his career in senior sustainability leadership roles in large international corporations, consultancies, and governments. Phil has spent over 25 years designing and implementing human rights programs for large corporations. He led a complex, multi-phase human rights assessment and risk mitigation program in one of China’s least developed provinces. He has developed and implemented multiple programs addressing gender rights, forced and child labor, and the rights of migratory workers and indigenous peoples.

2020-2021 GHR Hub Fellows

Namig Abbasov is a PhD candidate (Political Science) in the School of Politics and Global Studies Department at Arizona State University. He holds MA in International Relations and Dialogue Studies from Keele University, United Kingdom and BA in European Studies from Qafqaz University, Azerbaijan. His research areas include political violence, state repression against sexual minoritiesand climate change with a regional focus on the post-communist area, specifically the Caucasus. He currently works on a research question of why states repress sexual minorities even though these groups do not threaten state security.  
Aryanna Chutkan is a Master’s student studying Political Science with a concentration in comparative politics. Their research focusses specifically on post-colonial statehood and legal systems, with a specific geographic focus in Africa and the Caribbean.

Gabby Lout is a doctoral student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. She graduated with a B.S. in Marine and Conservation Biology from Seattle University and received a M.A. in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University. In all of her work, she is interested in finding innovative solutions for the complex socio-ecological challenges our marine environment is facing to protect the people who depend on it most. Her current research, at the nexus of human rights and conservation, is focused on promoting social responsibility and decent work in the seafood sector in Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.  


Camila PáezBernal is currently a Fulbright scholar and a Ph.D. student at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. She holds a double B.A. degree in anthropology and philosophy from Universidad Externado (Colombia), and an M.A. in cultural studies from Universidad Javeriana (Colombia). Her research interests are women’s political participation, and political violence in Latin America, with a critical and feminist perspective. She has developed research about peasant women’s political identity and participation in Colombia using ethnography, depth interviews, and focal groups. She has previous teaching experience at Universidad Externado de Colombia (courses: philosophical structuralism and post-structuralism, and anthropology with a positivism and empirical approach)
Matthew Smoldt is a doctoral student in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. His interests include migration, immigration policy, and international finance. His recent works concern the causes and consequences of migrants’ remittances.

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