Promise Institute Adds First Fellow, Research Affiliate

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Sarah Khanghahi (left) and Saskia Nauenberg Dunkell

The Promise Institute for Human Rights has selected its inaugural fellow and a research affiliate to support its educational and scholarly work.

In January 2018, Sarah Khanghahi '14 joined the institute as a Human Rights Fellow. In that role, Khanghahi assists as a supervising attorney with the International Human Rights Clinic, which provides pro bono legal services to individuals and institutions seeking to advance social justice. Through work on country visits, consultations and reports, she also supports the mandate of Professor E. Tendayi Achiume, who serves as the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

Khanghahi previously served as a post-graduate fellow at Bet Tzedek Legal Services and as an attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Los Angeles. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from UCLA magna cum laude and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, with a specialization in Critical Race Studies.

In September, Saskia Nauenberg Dunkell joined the Promise Institute as a research affiliate at the Promise Institute. Her current book project, The Politics of Transitional Justice: Seeking to End More than 50 Years of War in Colombia, examines struggles over the establishment and implementation of transitional justice measures used to address human right abuses in Colombia. In 2015-2016, she was a National Science Foundation fellow at the Center for Conflict, Displacement, and Peacebuilding at the University of Cartagena, Colombia.

Alongside her research, she has led Global Youth Connect's Colombia Human Rights Delegation, worked at the International Peace and Security Institute's The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in September 2018.