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
Charles is a senior International Studies major with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies. He is a member of UAB’s Honors College of Global and Community Leaders. Charles was born in the United States and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He has a passion for conflict resolution and teaching.
Recently, Charles spent a year studying abroad in Israel learning the intricacies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, diplomacy and human rights initiatives. He has a proficiency in Arabic and Hebrew. Charles’ future goal is to create films related to conflict resolution around the world and to pursue a career with the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.
Liz Reid is a junior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is majoring in political science and double-minoring in international studies and women’s and gender studies.
When she’s not doing research on human rights, Liz is participating in the Undergraduate Student Government Association as a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as advocating for equal rights for all as the active president of Women for Political Progress at UAB. She is interested in one day working with the federal government in national security.
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.”
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.”