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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Featured today are the candidates for the Committee on Human Rights Undesignated Seat #6: Jennifer L. Burrell and David Fazzino.
Responsibilities of the committee members include:
- To assist in organizing human rights forum, sessions, workshops or other events at AAA Annual Meeting;
- To consider and respond to cases of alleged human rights abuse;
- To educate anthropologists on human rights;
- To educate policy makers and others outside of anthropology on anthropology’s perspective and contributions to human rights;
- To work in coalition with other professional and human rights organizations to promote human rights.
Click here to learn more about the Committee for Human Rights.
Jennifer L. Burrell
Although anthropology’s relationship to human rights has historically been characterized by numerous tensions, our discipline is, at the same time, uniquely situated to understand those differences, to surmount them, and to advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights to larger publics. I bring a mixture of applied and conceptual experiences to the AAA’s Committee for Human Rights, including years of consultancy with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology team, advocacy for women’s and indigenous rights, decades of solidarity with Central America and interventions to human rights scholarship. I look forward to contributing the insights gleaned through these experiences to the AAA, to building coalitions with locally-based and international NGOs and human rights organizations, and to working with fellow CfHR committee members to effectively educate the AAA at large with regard to global rights situations and our ability to respond to them effectively.
I am interested in food and energy systems sustainability with a background in anthropology, law and agroecology. My work in food systems includes the right to traditional foods in State and international policy with case studies in Arizona and Alaska. My work in energy systems incudes examination of biofuel development, the heat or eat crisis in Alaska and the role of nuclear power in Ukraine’s energy future. While in law school I examined agriculture law, environmental law, and intellectual property rights to see the extent to which these aligned with international human and indigenous rights law and policy. Development has been broadly associated with a number of projects designed to advance the human condition, through careful consideration of development interventions, primarily in the context of food and energy development, I work to illustrate the unintended impacts of development, including those which run counter to contemporary understandings of human rights. I intend on working with other members of the AAA’s Committee for Human Rights to advance understandings of human rights issues for differently situated individuals, and provide direction in appropriate responses to violations amongst members of the AAA.
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