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Visiting Scholars

The Donia Human Rights Center support scholars who conduct research on broad issues in human rights.

DHRC  Journalist-in-residence
Jawad Sukhanyar
2021-22 Donia Human Rights Center Journalist-in-residence

Jawad Sukhanyar worked as a journalist for major news agencies in Afghanistan, where he reported for The New York Times for eight 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. Sukhanyar came to the university in September 2018 as a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow, studying issues related to women's rights in Afghanistan. With the support of Wallace House, he returned to Ann Arbor last October after fleeing the Taliban with his family. He is now a journalist-in-residence with the Donia Human Rights Center and the International Institute studying the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Afghan peace process, and the fate of press freedom. He's examining how the U.S. mission in Afghanistan ended in chaos and humiliation, what could have been done differently and how the Afghan peace process led to a dead-end after the Taliban took over the country and formed an interim government. The consequences of the U.S. departure have been dire, resulting in the mass starvation of millions of Afghans inside the country, women being denied their rights to education, and press freedom crumbling. Sukhanyar will join the Department of Communications at the University of Michigan's College of Literatures, Sciences and the Arts, as the Marsh Visiting Professor in Fall 2022.

DHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Volha Chykina

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
Charles Crabtree

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:

DHRC Visiting Scholar
Dae-wook Kim
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.