Meryem Bahadir shares her experience as a student in the Human Rights Studies M.A. Program so far.
In which program are you enrolled and when is your expected graduation date?
Human Rights Studies, M.A. ‘23
What is your research focus? What drew you to this particular issue/set of issues?
Having witnessed first-hand the unlawful arrests of journalists and scholars in Middle Eastern nations on the basis of “dissent,” my research aims to focus on state-sanctioned violence in the aftermath of political unrest.
Which class would you recommend to other students interested in the same issues as you?
I would highly recommend the courses Human Rights and Human Wrongs and War, Genocide, and the Aftermath, taught by Professors Bruce Cronin and Khatchig Mouradian respectively.
What is a must-read for a human rights student?
There are many incredible books but a must-read is Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”
What has been your favorite moment in the program so far?
Undoubtedly the best part of the program so far is my cohort. Every student and friend that I’ve met in the program is an exceptional advocate and researcher in the field of human rights, and I learn as much from them as I do from my professors.
What are your goals (professional or academic) after graduation? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Following this Master’s degree, I plan to go to law school and practice Human Rights Law under an international framework. In ten years, I hope to be a lawyer that represents and takes care of individuals or families affected by state violence.
What is your favorite spot to study (or spend time) on campus?
Butler Library, Avery Library, and the lounge in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering are all incredible study spots!