Finally, the person behind the screen is revealed! I’m Corinne, the new sustainability coordinator at the Office of Environmental Policy. I started working at the OEP in May, and I hit the ground running, starting the planning for several fall events and working on a retro-commissioning data project.
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Science and I’m working on the Human Rights Certificate program. I am currently writing my dissertation on the institutionalization of the human right to water. I am particularly interested in the topic of environmental human rights, which is one of the reasons I am so excited to be working at the OEP. I started studying the right to water when I realized that water was not one of the listed human rights in any of the core human rights treaties. Water has since gained greater acceptance as a human right in the last few years, but it is far from fully institutionalized. My work attempts to bring together different types of water practitioners and human rights activists working toward the goal of improved access to water.
I was invited to be a participant in the 22nd Academic Council on the United Nations System and the American Society of International Law Summer Workshop on International Organization Studies, which was on the topic of Water, Environment, and Health in 2012. I’ve previously taught classes on South Asia (my regional specialization) and Non-Western Politics for the Political Science department, and I’ve also worked as an undergraduate advisor for the department. I am the lead research assistant for Dr. Shareen Hertel’s Right to Food in India project, which started in 2011, and have been a research assistant and coding trainer for the CIRI Human Rights Data Project since 2011 as well. Right now I am balancing my OEP duties with orientation advising for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and working on the CIRI data.
I graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science and English, and from University of Connecticut in 2010 with a M.A. in Political Science.
At the OEP, I’m taking over from the wonderful Jen Clinton and will be coordinating the many projects that our excellent interns run. I am also working on a “Green Office” certification program for the various offices on campus.
I’m having a great time working with Meredith (our only intern in the office right now), and can’t wait to meet the rest of our interns at the end of the summer!