The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

Faculty Director

  • Professor of Law
    Faculty Director, Promise Institute for Human Rights
    Director, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
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Core Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

Promise Institute for Human Rights Fellowship

Sarah Khanghahi2

Sarah Khanghahi
Human Rights Fellow

Sarah Khanghahi is the Promise Institute for International Human Rights Fellow at UCLA School of Law for 2018-2019. As a Human Rights Fellow, Khanghahi assists as a supervising attorney with the International Human Rights Clinic, which provides pro bono legal services to individuals and institutions seeking to advance social justice through a human rights frame. Through work on country visits, consultations and reports, she also supports the mandate of Professor E. Tendayi Achiume, who serves as the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

Khanghahi previously served as a post-graduate fellow at Bet Tzedek Legal Services and as an attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Los Angeles. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from UCLA magna cum laude and is a graduate of the Honors Collegium. Khanghahi earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Critical Race Studies. While at law school, she served as an Articles Editor for UCLA Law Review, as Chief Managing Editor of the Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law, and as a student member of the faculty curriculum committee. Khanghahi also authored a comment published in the UCLA Law Review (2017) focusing on race-based employment discrimination faced by people of Southwest Asian and North African descent.

Promise Institute for Human Rights Research Affiliate

Saskia Nauenberg Dunkell

Saskia Nauenberg Dunkell
Research Affiliate

Saskia Nauenberg Dunkell is a research affiliate at the Promise Institute. Her current book project, The Politics of Transitional Justice: Seeking to end more than 50 years of war in Colombia, examines struggles over the establishment and implementation of transitional justice measures used to address human right abuses in Colombia. In 2015-2016, she was a National Science Foundation fellow at the Center for Conflict, Displacement, and Peacebuilding at the University of Cartagena, Colombia. Alongside her research, she has led Global Youth Connect’s Colombia Human Rights Delegation, worked at the International Peace and Security Institute’s The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga. She received her PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in September 2018.