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    Portrait: Joan Tronto

    Democracy of Care

    Caring for ourselves and others is a central part of human existence, so why isn’t it valued? In a society where economic gain is treated as the first priority, the need for care is going is mostly unaddressed. Professor Joan Tronto seeks to change this trend through her idea of a caring democracy.
    Portrait of Cawo Abdi

    Searching for Belonging

    How can a country’s culture and migration regulations affect an immigrant’s ability to adjust? Professor Cawo Abdi studies the diaspora of Somali people and how they’ve adjusted to their new homelands. She finds that while Somali refugees remain hopeful that they will find a sense of belonging, they face unexpected challenges when adjusting to life in a new country.
    Pictured left to right, Valentina Salas, Lisa Hilbink, and Bridget Marchesi

    Equal Rights & Unequal Remedies

    Justice is a fundamental human right. U of M political scientists Lisa Hilbink, Bridget Marchesi, Valentina Salas, and political science undergraduate Monica Delgado are working in Chile and Colombia to examine whether, when, and how their citizens would turn to their judicial systems to seek legal remedies for human rights violations.
    Portrait: Hassan Abdel Salam

    Islamic Law: An Examination of Human Rights Issues in Today’s Muslim Societies

    Assistant Professor Hassan Abdel Salam explores the relationship between Islamic law and how it interacts with human rights in his research for the Institute of Global Studies. Abdel Salam hopes to discover how Islamic clerics conceptualize human rights, how everyday Muslims express their devotion, and how Islamophobia is produced in the United States and the world as a whole.
    Professor Mai Na Lee

    The Stories Untold

    Associate Professor Mai Na Lee is dedicated to preserving Hmong history. In doing so, she works diligently to ensure that its hidden stories are uncovered and shared. Drawing on her personal history as a Hmong refugee, she engages her students in this research and brings together professors from across the world to tell the untold stories of the Hmong diaspora.
    Portrait of Paula Cueller against brick wall.

    The First to Listen

    From living in various countries as a child, to holding political positions in El Salvador, Paula Cuellar has seen it all. After completing three master's programs in the both the United States and in El Salvador, she looks to create change both domestically and abroad.