Shayna Plaut is self described activist-scholar. Her work primarily focuses on the intersection of media and human rights. She is particularly interested in working with Peoples who do not fit neatly within the traditional notions of the nation-state. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Macedonia, Hungary, and Sapmi. Shayna has designed courses on human rights for journalists, artists and other “producers of culture” in the United States, Canada and in Europe. Shayna also served as a consultant for numerous, US, Canadian and Balkan based, NGOs. Most recently she worked with the UN World Programme on Human Rights Education – to draft a resolution recommending concrete measures of providing useful, practical and needed human rights training to journalists so they can better do their job and be protected.
Prior to returning to academia in 2009, Shayna served as the Human Rights Education Coordinator for Amnesty International USA-Midwest region developing programs, curriculum and trainings for university students and high school teachers integrating human rights education in inner city schools. She is currently a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.
Shayna received her PhD from the University of British Columbia her dissertation, “Writing/Righting Truths across Borders: Lessons Learned from Transnational Peoples Journalism and Politics,” focused on human rights and journalism amongst Romani and Saami journalists. Shayna received her MA from the University of Chicago and her BA from Antioch College. She has two cats and refuses to colour inside the lines.