Our Staff Writers


Jalileh Garcia is an undergraduate student at Columbia University pursuing a Human Rights major with a specialization in Latin America. She is originally from Honduras and is interested in transitional justice, intersectionality, and the interchange of immigration and human rights. She is an executive board member of Columbia University’s Alianza, the Baha’i Club, and the Columbia Students for Human Rights (CUSHR).


Reem Katrib is a Human Rights Studies M.A. student at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate degree at the American University of Beirut in Political Science with a minor in International Law. Her interests mainly focus on transitional justice, post-conflict justice, peacebuilding, and development. She is also passionate about claiming a gendered and transgenerational lens, particularly focusing on young people and their participation or lack thereof, when discussing these topics. Reem has previously interned with the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship as well as UNICEF.


Kelly Dudine is pursuing her M.A. in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. Most recently, Kelly lived and worked in the Western region of Nepal running a women’s empowerment program, which focused on education, skill-building, and economic opportunity. Prior to that, Kelly worked for the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C., managing communications for the global initiative, Family Planning 2020, which aims to increase access to family planning information, services, and supplies in the world’s 69 poorest countries. Kelly’s interests focus on women’s rights in relation to health, economic justice, and climate change.


Ali Cain is a graduate student in the European History, Politics and Society MA Program. Her research interests include far-right populist parties, refugee rights, democratic decline and the transatlantic relationship. Prior to Columbia, Ali participated in the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Program, which is a year-long State Department fellowship in Germany. She graduated from Binghamton University in 2016 with a dual degree in political science and history, and is currently the Program Coordinator for the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR).


Noah Smith is a graduate student in the Human Rights Studies program at Columbia University. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland. Prior to his studies at Columbia, he worked as a Faculty Specialist in the Laboratory of Cognition and Emotion as well as the Laboratory of Motivated Cognition at UMD. In his previous research he examined the psychology of radicalization, deradicalization, and terrorism as well as the neural basis of fear and the interactions between cognition and emotion/motivation in the human brain. At Columbia his research focuses on the intersection between LGBTQI, sexuality, & gender identities as well as how these identities can inform domestic & international policies.


Larissa Peltola is a first-year Human Rights Studies MA student concentrating on women in conflict settings. She is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College where she earned a degree in International Relations and History with a sequence in Genocide, Human Rights, and Holocaust Studies and completed her thesis, titled, Rape as a Weapon of War and Genocide, focusing on the history of rape as a calculated tactic of genocidal and ethnic cleansing campaigns and the ways in which the legal community has failed survivors of genocidal rape. For several years Larissa has been a Youth Ambassador for TheCommunity.com where she met and interviewed Nobel Peace Laureates and wrote blog posts, attended the World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners, and helped activate other young people to support the causes endorsed by the Nobel Laureates. In 2018, she was selected as a Fulbright recipient tasked with teaching classes on the history of U.S. social movements at the University of Debrecen and working on issues of educational desegregation of the Roma population in Eastern Hungary. The culmination of her project was a short book comprised of personal interviews with the Roma community in Told, Hungary.


Susanne Prochazka is studying for an M.A. in Human Rights Studies. She holds a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and an LL.M in International Human Rights Law from Queen Mary University of London. As an attorney licensed in New York, Susanne practices immigration law with a focus on asylum cases, domestic violence issues, and reproductive rights. Before continuing her studies at Columbia, Susanne studied at the Venice School of Human Rights and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. At Columbia, Susanne’s studies focus on the empowerment of women in post-conflict transitions and peacebuilding. 


Donggeun Lee was born and raised in the Republic of Korea. After studying Biology for two years in the United States, he realized he wanted a change; he wanted to serve the world. He went back to the Republic of Korea and had various jobs, including being involved with a few NGOs. His experience with NGOs helped him realize that the field of human rights was what he was meant to be in. From colleagues and seminars he attended, he came to better understand human rights and wanted to learn on a higher level. This brought him to Columbia, specifically the school of General Studies. He is now a second-semester junior majoring in Human Rights.


Anna Miller is pursuing her MA in Human Rights at Columbia University. She has her BA in English and Women’s and Gender Studies from St. Norbert College. Her research interests include intersectional feminism, 21st century antisemitism, and gender-based violence. Anna’s professional background includes work in the nonprofit sector, particularly in the development, public affairs, and communication areas. 


Lindsey Alpaugh is a Human Rights Studies M.A. student at Columbia University. She holds a BA in Global Liberal Studies, concentrating in Law, Ethics and Religion, as well as History from New York University. Her research interests include the rise of populism, transitional justice, eastern Europe, the European union, journalistic freedom, the legacy of imperialism, as well as environmental rights. Previous experience includes working with resettled refugee journalists and documentary filmmaking.

If you are interested in becoming a staff writer for RightsViews, please contact the editors for more information on upcoming recruitment dates at rightsviews.columbia@gmail.com.