2023 Human Rights Thesis Competition Winners

Monday, May 8, 2023

ISHR wishes to congratulate the winners of the 2023 Human Rights Thesis Competition. 

On April 25, 15 students gathered on Zoom to participate in ISHR's annual Human Rights Thesis Competition. During the event, students took hundreds of hours of thesis research in the human rights discipline and transformed it into 5-minute presentations. The range of topics included social movements in Brazil, the democratic deficit in the U.S., the human right to housing, and many more. The faculty judges were Joseph Slaughter, Jackie Dugard, and Joy Chia.
Undergraduate Faculty Choice Winner 
Sedona Thomas, Columbia College, Human Rights Major 
Thesis: The Fairness Fallacy: Northpointe and the COMPAS Recidivism Prediction Algorithm
Graduate Faculty Choice Winner 
Shayna Lewis, Human Rights Studies M.A. 
Thesis: “Do Not Speak for Us”: Darfurian Perspectives on Transitional Justice In a Revolutionary Sudan
Audience Choice Winner 
Anita Shenoi, Human Rights Studies M.A. 
Thesis: An Exploration of Sedentarist Assumptions, the Refugee Experience in Cyprus, and Civil Society's Valuable Role as a de facto "Ombudsman" of Enabling Human Rights Legislation