Program Staff

Director of Undergraduate Programs in Human Rights


César E. Abadía-Barrero, Assistant Professor. (DMD Universidad Nacional de Colombia. DMSc Harvard University). His main interest is integrating different critical perspectives in the study and transformation of health inequalities. Since 2005, he has studied the Colombian market-based health care reform, the effectiveness of legal mechanisms for the protection of the constitutional right to health care, and how for-profit interests transform access, continuity and quality of care. He is the author of the book I Have AIDS but I am Happy: Children’s Subjectivities, AIDS, and Social Responses in Braziland the lead editor of Health, Normalization and Capitalism in Colombia (In Spanish).

Office: Beach Hall 436

Curriculum Vitae


Undergraduate Liaison for Human Rights


DSC_9029Alyssa Webb has been a Doctoral student in the Political Science Department at the University in Connecticut since the August 2013 and is currently pursuing the graduate certificate in Human Rights. Prior to attending the University of Connecticut, Alyssa attended Lycoming College in Williamsport Pennsylvania where she graduated with a double major in Political Science and Archaeology and a minor in Anthropology. She was awarded the Haberberger Fellowship in the Spring of 2013 to work on her seniors honors thesis: “Political, Economic, and Social Determinants of Sex Trafficking”.

At UCONN, Alyssa’s work has focused on economic and social rights, specifically the effectiveness of fair trade as a poverty alleviation strategy as well as the relationship between perceptions of homelessness and the mobilization of political action in the international system. Alyssa is also interested in human rights measurement, and worked on the Cingranelli and Richards Human Rights Data Project with Dr. David Richards in the Summer and Fall of 2013.

Alyssa now serves as the graduate student liaison, and as an undergraduate academic advisor and internship coordinator at the Human Rights Institute.

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Program Administrator for the Human Rights Institute

Rachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson has been with the Human Rights Institute since it was founded in 2003. Before joining the Human Rights Institute, she served as an AmeriCorps *VISTA with the Jumpstart program at the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a department secretary at the Graduate Faculty at New School University.

In her role as the Program Administrator, Rachel works with the Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Directors to ensure smooth operation of the academic programs and activities, manages the Human Rights Institute Internship Program, is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with the supported internship placements, manages the Human Rights Institute funding competitions, coordinates programming and outreach activities, supports visiting scholars and professor and supervises the staff and graduate assistants.

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Program Assistant for the Human Rights Institute

Lyndsay Nalbandian Headshot

Lyndsay Nalbandian joined the staff of the Human Rights Institute in August 2014 as a Program Assistant. In this role she will provide logistical support for HRI events, conferences and research groups, process administrative and personnel paperwork, act as an Assistant to the HRI Director, implement the public relations and outreach plan for publicity and publications, assist Program Administrator in the preparation of reports and provide general office support.

Before joining the Human Rights Institute, she worked in the Department of Student Activities Programs Office as a Secretary. Lyndsay holds a BA in English from the University of Connecticut. She married her college sweetheart in 2002 and they adopted their daughter in July 2013. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her family.

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