The Institute for the Study of Human Rights welcomes scholars wishing to engage in research in the area of human rights. The Visiting Scholars Program is designed to link the visiting scholars with the Columbia community by providing connections to faculty members and encouraging participation in conferences and seminars.
Read the selected biographies of some of our recent scholars below. (Note: Bios may not be up to date.) Click here for a list of additional visiting scholars.
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Sandra Ristovska is a filmmaker and a PhD Candidate in communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in the role of visuals in achieving social change and human rights. Currently, she looks at the institutionalization and professionalization of video advocacy by human rights organizations as facilitated by unfolding changes in technology, journalism and law. Sandra is a recipient of the Top Paper Award from the Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division at the International Communication Association (ICA) and the Herbert Schiller Prize from the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Her academic writings have appeared in The Communication Review, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, the American Journal of Sociology, the World Policy Institute Blog and Public Books. Sandra is a co-chair of the Emerging Scholars Network of IAMCR, co-director of CAMRA, an interdisciplinary media collective, and an honorary, non-resident Research Fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University in Hungary. She recently worked as a cinematographer on a documentary exploring the film industry in Myanmar as affected by the political changes post 2011.
Jagoda Rošul-Gajić is a Ph.D. candidate at Universität der Bundeswehr München, Institute of Political Science, in the Department of International Relations in Germany. Her research focuses on the implementation of international women’s human rights norms into domestic policies in post-war Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and on the role of norm advocates at the level of the state, in this case mainly on women’s non-governmental organizations and grassroots groups. Since July 2013 Jagoda has been granted a research fellowship from the Hans Böckler Foundation, Germany. Her work is published in academic and journalistic forums. In the 90s Jagoda was a human rights activist in Croatia and has established two NGOs. From October 2012 till June 2013 she was a head of education section at the FAM-Frauenakademie München e.V. (Women's Academy) in Germany.
Robert Robinson earned his PhD in Political Philosophy from the University of Georgia in 2012. He is currently at work completing a book on the relationship between responsibility and theories of distributive justice, due out from Palgrave Macmillon in 2014. He has published articles, comments, and reviews in areas of moral and political philosophy, and philosophy of law.