I am a human rights researcher and policy analyst with expertise in gender, women's rights and international human rights law. I successfully defended my doctoral thesis, entitled 'Women's Reproductive Rights: Repairing Gender-Based Harm in the Inter-American System of Human Rights' in November 2016 and graduated from the University of Sussex in July 2017. I am currently a research consultant with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime - Terrorism Prevention Branch (UNODC-TPB), working on the nexus between crime and terrorism. I am also a Fellow with NARAL Pro-Choice America, based in Chicago, Illinois.
In my research I examine human rights law as it applies to, and has potential to improve the lives of women. Publications arising from my doctoral research on women's reproductive rights and the Inter-American System of Human Rights can be found in Health and Human Rights and The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Theory and Practice, Present and Future. I have held visiting research fellowships at the University of Wisconsin Madison's Global Legal Studies Center, the Centre for International Governance and Justice at Australian National University, and the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain. I hold an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights (2010), and a BA in American Studies with a Minor in Human Rights from the University of Washington (2009).
Originally from Ireland, I grew up in Escondido, California, and have spent time traveling and living in places such as South Korea, England, and Guatemala. In my free time I enjoy traveling, walking my pups, and engaging in community activism.
Empirical Research: Interviews, Focus Groups Languages: English (Native)
Law and Society Association
Socio-Legal Studies Association
Inter-American Human Rights Network
Centre for the Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH)