The Peter McGrath Human Rights Research Fellows Program

In 2012, the College of Arts and Sciences received a 100,000 gift from Mr. Peter McGrath, a university alumnus, to stimulate and sustain human rights research.  The McGrath gift enables the human rights program to initiate the primary mission of the emerging Human Rights Center: to increase the university’s capacity to conduct research to advance the theory and practice of human research. Six members for the faculty of been awarded McGrath fellowships and will begin their research projects in the summer 2012.  The McGrath research projects encompass a range of issues, including the sex industry and human trafficking in India, the rights of indigenous peoples in the Americas, the impact of all-female United Nations peace-keeping units, the emerging role of new non-state actors in the global human rights movement, refugee resettlement, adaptation and integration, and media and the representation of the human right to work.  The initial phase of the McGrath human rights research project will culminate in a major international conference on emerging human rights themes and approaches in the fall of 2013.

The first McGrath Fellows are:

Read more about this program in a recent UD News Story.

Meet the McGrath Fellows

2012 McGrath FellowsSeated, from left to right: Tereza Szeghi, assistant English professor; Alexandra Budabin, assistant political science professor; Theo Majka, a sociology professor who has been instrumental in several Miami Valley immigration initiatives; Simanti Dasgupta, assistant sociology professor. Standing, from left to right: Glenna Jennings, a visual arts lecturer; Mark Ensalaco, director of human rights research; Natalie Hudson, human rights studies program director.