Shayna Plaut is a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia; her area of focus is on the intersections of journalism, human rights and social change with people who identify with being transnational. Shayna has designed and taught courses on human rights and human rights reporting to journalists and future producers of culture since 2004 in Chicago and, upon moving to Vancouver, designed the first Human Rights Reporting class offered at the graduate level in Canada. While at Columbia University Shayna worked with Anya Schiffrin and two graduate students to map out the current state of human rights education in journalism education.
Coming from a praxis based perspective; Shayna has conducted fieldwork with journalists, activists and donors in the Balkans, Central/Eastern Europe and Sapmi (traditional lands of the Saami people in the Nordic Arctic). Her work is published in academic, journalistic and creative forums. Since 2001, Shayna has engaged in extensive research on Romani media and civil society and served in a variety of positions with Amnesty International and Amnesty USA. Shayna received her MA from the University of Chicago and her BA from Antioch College. Shayna has two cats and refuses to color within the lines.