Faculty Research Expertise

Mark Ensalaco

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Director of Human Rights Research

Dr. Mark Ensalaco has conducted human rights research and interacted with human rights NGOs throughout Latin America for more than two decades.  After receiving human rights training at the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights in Costa Rica, Professor Ensalaco led the effort to create the university’s Human Rights Studies program.  He has published research on a range of subjects, including political violence and repression, truth and reconciliation processes, children’s human rights, violence against women, migrants’ rights and human trafficking.  As the college of arts and sciences endowed chair in the social sciences (2007-2011) he established the annual symposium on undergraduate research in the social sciences. He is the co-founder of Abolition Ohio-The Rescue and Restore Coalition in the Miami Valley and is a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Human trafficking Commission. He has served as a consultant for several human rights NGOs and co-authored and co-edited Global Rights’ training manual on Using the Inter-American System of Human Rights: A Practical Manual for NGOs.  He currently serves on national policy committees for the Organization of Catholic Organizations and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and serves as a consultant for Catholic Relief Services through CRS’ Scholars in Global Solidarity initiative.

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Natalie Hudson

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Natalie Hudson received a BA in political science and a minor in human rights studies from the University of Dayton in 2001, making her one of the first students to study in the university’s human rights program. She went on to earn her master's and doctorate degrees in political science from the University of Connecticut. She returned to the University of Dayton to teach in the political science department and human rights studies program.  Her first book, Gender, Human Security and the UN: Security Language as a Political Framework for Women, was published by Routledge Press in 2009. Hudson is a consultant to the United Nations' Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues, and a member of the human rights working group of the International Studies Association, Women in International Security and the Academic Council on the United Nations System.  In 2012 she was awarded a Peter McGrath Human Rights Research fellowship to conduct research on the impact of women’s participation in UN peacekeeping forces.

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Alexandra Cosima Budabin

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Alexandra Cosima Budabin received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research. Her dissertation examined the U.S. social movement's efforts to end the genocide in  Sudan. Her research focuses on civil society, the role of trans-national actors in the promotion of human rights, human rights NGOs advocacy strategies, media and human rights and genocide. She has extensive experience working with human rights NGOs. She was the program director of Girls Learn International, an NGO that promotes girls’ access to education by establishing partnerships between U.S. middle and high schools and schools in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She developed a curriculum on human rights advocacy for middle and high schools in the U.S. She has organized events for the U.N. NGO Working Group on Girls to promote girls’ access to education in the global south. She served as an outreach consultant for a NOW on PBS documentary on child brides. In 2012 Dr. Budabin was awarded a Peter McGrath Human Rights Research Fellowship to conduct research on the emerging role of non-state actors such as celebrities, diaspora groups, corporations and private military firms.

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Richard Ghere

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Richard Ghere is associate professor of political science at the University of Dayton. Ghere is a core faculty member in the Master of Public Administration. He teaches graduate courses in NGO leadership, ethics in public administration, organization theory, and emergency management; and undergraduate courses in public integrity, public administration, and emergency management on a regular basis. In 2009, Ghere developed an undergraduate course in nongovernmental management to support the University of Dayton’s recently adopted human rights major. He is currently developing a new course in humanitarian policy and problems to support the human rights studies curriculum. His book NGO Leadership and Human Rights (Kumarian Press) will be released in September of 2012. Ghere does research primarily in the area of public sector ethics and has published article in several public administration journals. He co-edited (with H. George Frederickson) Ethics in Public Management, published by M.E Sharpe in 2005; a second edition is scheduled for release in 2013.

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Anthony Talbott

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Anthony Talbott is a lecturer in the department of political science and the human rights studies program.  In 2010 Professor Talbott was awarded a grant to receive advanced training on human trafficking conducted by the Note for Sale Campaign and was credentialed as a Citizen Investigator of Human Trafficking. In 2011, he designed one of the nations few undergraduate course on human trafficking.  He is a co-founder and chair of Abolition Ohio-The Rescue and Restore Coalition in the Miami Valley, and regularly conducts training seminars for area law enforcement agencies and social service providers.  In 1012 he was appointed to the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission and serves on the commission’s Research and Analysis, and Prevention Education and Outreach committees.  He is also a member of Network of Ohio Anti-human Trafficking Coalitions.

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Theo and Linda Majka

Professors, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Drs. Theo and Linda Majka are professors in the department of sociology, anthropology, criminal justice and social work.  Both were instrumental in creating the human rights studies program in 1998 and regularly teach core or elective courses on sociology of human rights, immigrants and immigration, social inequality and racial and ethnic minorities.  They founded and direct the Diversity Caucus, a partnership between the University of Dayton and area social justice organizations.  For the past five years, they have conducted a series of research projects on immigrants and refugees, employing survey research and focus group methodologies, to develop evidence-based strategies to respond to the needs of immigrant and refugee populations in the Miami Valley.  They research contributed to the Dayton City Council’s adoption of the Dayton Immigrant Friendly initiative in 1012. In 2012 Theo Majka was awarded a Peter McGrath Human Rights Research fellowship to continue research on refugee adaptation and integration.

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