The Donia Human Rights Center support scholars who conduct research on broad issues in human rights.
2021-22 Donia Human Rights Center Journalist-in-residence
This academic year, as Journalist-in-residence, Jawad will work on his project, “Post-US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Afghan peace process and fate of press freedom," where he will look into what went wrong with the US mission in Afghanistan that ended in chaos and humiliation. His main focus will be to examine the outcomes of the withdrawal and whether it could have been done differently. Also, he will touch upon the Afghan peace process which led to a dead-end after the Taliban took over the country and formed their interim government.
The consequences of US departure have been dire, and have already resulted in the mass starvation of millions of Afghans inside the country, women being denied their rights to education, and the freedom of press crumbling.
As a journalist, Jawad reported the Afghan story for many years. While at the University of Michigan, he will participate in panel discussions, and offer talks and potential lectures on his area of expertise.
Jawad worked as a journalist for major news agencies in Afghanistan, where he reported for The New York Times for 8 years. He was also a freelance journalist and wrote analytical pieces for various outlets including the Eurasia Review. In early 2020 he served as a media adviser in the office of the first vice president of Afghanistan.
DHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
2018-20 Donia Human Rights Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Volha Chykina is the Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Donia Human Rights Center. As part of her postdoctoral fellowship, she will continue to collaborate with a team of U-M researchers on developing the Campus Human Rights Index and associated scholarly work. The Campus Human Rights Index is an innovative effort to create the first publicly available, comprehensive index of university commitments to social justice and human rights. Her other research projects explore how immigrant and minority students' educational outcomes are shaped by the characteristics of their communities. Volha’s work has been published in Sociological Science; Socius; The Social Science Journal; Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education; Globalization, Societies and Education; and European Education.
DHRC Visiting Scholar
2019-20 Donia Human Rights Center Visiting Scholar
Charles Crabtree is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College, a Senior Data Scientist (Research Fellow) at the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research, and a Visiting Scholar in the Donia Human Rights Center at the University of Michigan. Starting fall 2020, he will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on fairness in politics, with applications to the study of discrimination, repression, human rights, policing, and immigration. Specifically, he examines under what circumstances political actors and institutions treat members of the public differently based on their political views or personal demographics, and how the public views this treatment. Understanding these phenomena is important as perceptions of fairness are fundamental to public evaluations of institutional legitimacy across regimes. Methodologically, he is interested in research design, experiments, and using computational tools to better understand the social world. He has published his research in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis, among other journals. More information can be found at his website: charlescrabtree.com.
DHRC Visiting Scholar
2018-19 Donia Human Rights Center Pre-Doctoral Fellow
Dae-wook Kim conducted collaborative research on the implications of China's growing influence in Africa with a specific focus on business and human rights issues. By investigating sources like the Strategic News Service (SNS) and other news media, he compiled data on popular perceptions of Chinese corporations in Africa to better understand why and how Chinese corporations that have gone abroad are embracing normal business and human rights standards. He is current Ph.D. student in Sociology at the Seoul National University.