Director of Undergraduate Programs in Human Rights
Samuel Martínez is a Cuban-born ethnologist. He has served on the board of the American Ethnological Society and the American Anthropological Association’s Committee for Human Rights. He contributed an extensive expert affidavit in support of the landmark case of Yean and Bosico v. Dominican Republic presented before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 2005.
He is the author of two ethnographic monographs and several peer-reviewed articles on the migration and labor and minority rights of Haitian nationals and people of Haitian ancestry in the Dominican Republic. He is also editor of a contributory volume, International Migration and Human Rights (U California Press, 2009) and co-editor of three journal special issues.
In his current research and writing, he brings critical scrutiny to the writings of northern human rights monitors, journalists and social scientists about Haitian-ancestry people in the Dominican Republic. He is also doing background research on antislavery narratives of the late 20th & early 21st centuries. One of his most recent publication is the book International Migration and Human Rights (2009).
Tuesdays: 2-3:30 at the Human Rights Institute
Thursdays: 10-12 at Beach Hall Room 430.
Undergraduate Liaison for Human Rights
Alyssa 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.
Program Administrator for the Human Rights Institute
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.
Program Assistant for the Human Rights Institute
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.