Congratulations to Aishih Wehbe-Herrera, M.A. 2014, whose paper, “A New Landscape of the Possible: 400 Women, Politics of Representation and Human Rights” was recently published by the Journal of the International Association of Inter-American Studies. In her paper, Aishih explores the role of art as a powerful tool to mobilize people´s consciousness and demand accountability for gross violations of women´s rights and as an empowering mechanism for the families of the disappeared to claim justice.
Aishih Wehbe Herrera holds a Ph.D in Gender and Chicano Studies by the University of La Laguna, Spain, and a M.A. in Human Rights by Columbia University. Her M.A. thesis revolved around Women's Human Rights, gender-based violence against women, and policy making by incorporating masculinity issues into the analysis. Her former research background and Ph.D. focused on gender and masculinity issues, "third world" feminism, post-structuralism, hegemony and power, and cultural/visual studies. Before starting her postgraduate degree at Columbia University, she taught in the UK higher education system for 6 years. Her teaching experience gave her the opportunity to explore and engage on (women's) human rights issues in the classroom, raising awareness about gender discrimination and inequality through specific curricula, and work on gender mainstreaming in education.
She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the United Nations Institute on Globalisation, Culture and Mobility in Barcelona.