Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter
Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter is the Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Associate Professor of human rights, peace studies, and international politics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her research focuses on human rights, ethnic conflict and genocide studies, and conflict management and peace making with a geographical focus on Europe and the Middle East. Before joining UAB, she was the Director of the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution and Associate Professor of international and comparative politics at Christopher Newport University. She was formerly associated with the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania, the Institute of Public International Law at the University of Zurich and the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Dr. Kempin Reuter holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and International Law and an M.A. in Contemporary History, Economics, and International Law from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is the author of numerous publications in her field and has been awarded multiple prizes and grants to expand her research and teaching.
Phone: (205) 996-2325 or (205) 934-5643
Ajanet Rountree is a senior at UAB, completing Liberal Arts interdisciplinary BA focused on Women, Social Change, and Globalization. Graduating in December 2016, she will begin the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights Masters program in January 2017.
“I am honored to be a part of the Institute for Human Rights at UAB. Our city played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and now it is time for a new era of social justice to arise, impacting the city, state, nation, and world. I believe human rights are individualized not communal. Within a collective society is an individual with the dream to have their rights respected; therefore, when the rights of one are honored, the rights of all should follow.”
Nicholas Sherwood is pursuing his master’s degree in the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights (http://www.uab.edu/cas/anthropology/graduate-program) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nick completed his undergraduate education at Christopher Newport University with degrees in Psychology and Political Science. He has piloted original research in human trafficking, clinical trauma theory, and societal reintegration in survivors of human rights violations. Nick has presented his findings to INGOs, colleges and universities, and at international research conferences. Nick is responsible for the IHR website and newsletter updates.
“My motive for conducting human rights and peace research is simple: lending my voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.”
Marlee is a sophomore political science major and the IHR’s social media intern. She aspires to be a lawyer focusing on advocating for human rights.
“Being able to work for UAB’s brand new IHR is an incredible opportunity for me. I am proud to be a part of the Institute whose presence is long overdue in our activism-rooted city.”
Tyler is a junior majoring in political science and economics. Tyler handles the IHR’s communications, social media, and contributes to the blog. He is from McCalla, Alabama. Tyler is involved with volunteering for the Human Rights Campaign and working with the Magic City Acceptance Center. On campus, he serves as a part of the Leadership Team for TrailBlazers and holds a position on the Honors College Leadership Council. He plans to become a lawyer who focuses on human rights.
“I have wanted to fight for equality ever since I can remember. I wanted to be involved with the Institute because human rights is something I am incredibly passionate about, and I cannot wait to absorb everything the Institute can offer. Becoming involved with the Institute is the most exciting thing that has happened to me!”
Aseel is a senior public health major with a concentration in Global Health Studies and Environmental Health Sciences. Aseel is Jordanian/American and grew up in Saudi Arabia. Aseel is a RESULTS advocate and a 1917 Clinic volunteer.
“I am really passionate about public health, human rights, and using my voice to create an impact on people. I can’t wait to learn more about human rights and public health issues and to enhance my advocacy skills. I am extremely excited about this opportunity!”
Lindsey is a freshman Social Work major and is working towards either a second major or a minor in Spanish. She is from Elberta, Alabama. She is involved with Champions of Care and Palomitas on campus and is a member of the Global and Community Leadership honors program.
“My biggest goal in life is to do as much as I can to help others have the resources and the opportunities necessary to flourish. I see working with the Institute as an amazing chance to learn more about advocating for human rights and to gain skills that will allow me to help others in the future.”
Taylor is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and is a senior double majoring in International Studies and Political Science. In the past, he has interned with Representative Mike Rogers (AL-07) in Washington, D.C., the Atlantic Institute, and Jonathan McConnell’s campaign for the United States Senate in 2016. Taylor has also been active on campus, serving as the Vice-Chairman of the College Republicans, as well as the Chairman of the Gatling Initiative, an organization that seeks to combat the stigma placed on mental illness in the Korean population of Alabama.
“I’m very excited to intern at the UAB Institute of Human Rights. I’ve always been very passionate about human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, and this opportunity will provide me with a great platform through which to advocate for change in the region. I’m very grateful and excited to get started!”
Thomas is a freshman Anthropology major hoping to pursue a career in Linguistic Anthropology in the future. Born and raised in Birmingham, Thomas hopes to travel the world aiding in translation for those in need through Arabic and French while advocating for environmental justice throughout developing countries.
“The dream is to travel while helping those in need who have difficulty taking advantage of humanitarian aid due to language barriers. I’m enthralled by this new opportunity at the IHR because I know I’ll become more aware of the people around the world in need and hopefully make my dream a reality.”