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Announcing the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellows



Humanity in Action is pleased to announce the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellows. Humanity in Action Fellows are young leaders who are dynamic, entrepreneurial and passionate about changing the world. These 158 Fellows will participate in the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe and the United States.

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization. We educate, inspire and connect a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world.

The Humanity in Action fellowship programs are highly interdisciplinary and feature daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians, and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice relating to diverse societies.

2017 Fellows in Berlin

Since 1999, Humanity in Action has engaged more than 1,800 Fellows in its transatlantic study programs focusing on human rights and minority issues—past and present—in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United States. Humanity in Action Fellows have used the knowledge gained in the programs and inspiration from one another to make a difference in public service, journalism, medicine, law, education, the arts, business, and grassroots action. Humanity in Action’s unique international network of leaders is a valuable resource to policy-makers, diplomats, educators, business leaders, and civic-minded individuals and organizations. Humanity in Action supports all Fellows financially for the duration of their programs, allowing for the merit-based selection of diverse applicants.

Humanity in Action supports all Fellows financially for the duration of their programs, allowing for the merit-based selection of diverse applicants.

Each 2018 Fellow will participate in one of Humanity in Action’s international fellowship programs:

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe and the United States

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe take place from June 8 through July 8, 2018, in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw. In each national program, an international group of undergraduate students and recent graduates from Europe and the United States explore the histories and contemporary politics of diversity in that country.

The John Lewis Fellowship is an American program of the Humanity in Action Fellowship. The John Lewis Fellowship will engage 26 undergraduate students and recent graduates from Europe and the United States in daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians, and activists, as well as site visits to non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. Fellows are required to build upon these far-reaching discussions on social issues after the program by producing Action Projects, which grapple with these issues in society.
Humanity in Action partnered with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., to develop the John Lewis Fellowship based upon a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowship honors U.S. Representative John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement.
The Detroit Fellowship is an American program of the Humanity in Action Fellowship focusing on the promise, failure, and possibilities of social and economic progress in Detroit. The program explores the biography of Detroit — a city deeply emblematic of the tensions of massive economic and cultural change in 20th and 21st century America. The program places special emphasis on democratic inclusion of marginalized groups, equitable development, social entrepreneurship, and public health. Humanity in Action tasks the Fellows with challenging their own assumptions about race, class, development, health, and equity among other fundamental issues.

Humanity in Action International Conference

The Fellows in the European programs will reconvene in Strasbourg, France at the end of the programs for the Ninth Annual Humanity in Action International Conference from July 5 to July 8, 2018. The 2018 International Conference will focus on the European Union as the largest global peace project and one of the primary mechanisms for economic, political, cultural cooperation and advancement of fundamental rights in Europe. More than 250 Fellows, Senior Fellows, board members, supporters and friends of the organization will convene at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to explore the complex dynamics of European identity, collective memory, and remembrance, as well as political, economic and cultural collaboration.

Humanity in Action Fellows in European or American Programs


Deniz Aktaş, Utrecht University
Siham Bouysaghouan, Leiden University
Colin Burke, Yale University
Alida Cluistra, Universiteit Utrecht
Marleen Fleers, Leiden University
Tanner Haughn, Colorado College
Payton Head, University of Missouri
Eva Jewett-Gatschet, University of San Francisco
Manisha Kalikadien, Maastricht University
Stavroula Kitsou, University of Athens
Evelyn Mangold, University of Miami
Michail Markodimitrakis, Bowling Green State University
Sergej Nauta, Haagse Hogeschool
Kendall Oehler, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Sasa Panic, University of Banja Luka
Michiel Piersma, University of Edinburgh
Caitlin Schaap, Codarts University
Kevin Tang, CUNY Hunter College
Chelsea Thorpe, University of Georgia
Patrick van der Pas, University of Amsterdam
Hans Wallage, Leiden University
Sascha Wijnhoven, University of Utrecht
Zarah Winter, University of Amsterdam


Kafilat Adeola Naomi Aderemi, Birmingham City University
Laila Alvarez, Pitzer College
Rachel Atakpa, University of Kansas
Olha Louise Boleyn, University of Warsaw
Mara Teodors Dorofre, University of Amsterdam
Elle Enander, Centre College
Desmond Fonseca, Tufts University
Laurel Hiatt, University of Georgia
Abibat Iriafen, California Polytechnic
Sophie Kupetz, Brown University
Francesca Lupia, Stanford University
Sandra Mehmedovic, University of Sarajevo
Liem Nguyen, University of Washington
Eugene Nuzzolillo, Duke University
Jennifer Pham, Copenhagen Business School
Jasmine Rashid, Swarthmore College
Dariann Rickerson, CUNY Hunter College
Jesse Smith-Appelson, Florida State University
Kevin Solomon, Duke University
Yumika Takeshita, University of Chicago
Sloan Talbot, Duke University
Hoa Mai Trần, Free University Berlin
Katarzyna Udała, Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego (Kozminski University)
Themistoklis Vergidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Jianhang Xiao, SUNY Binghamton University
Carter Zenke, Duke University


Daniel Busacca Dolleo, University of Hildesheim
Inna Dzyndra, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Ayan Goran, Villanova University
Miriam Yosef, Friedrich-Alexander University Nürnberg-Erlangen
Varvara Karanika, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Mariana Karkoutly, Humboldt University
Dimitrios Kastritis, Leiden University
Katarzyna Korytowska, Academy of Fine Arts
Andreana Kostopoulou, University of East London
Marharyta Labkovich, CUNY Hunter College
Walid Malik, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
Chante Mayers-Barbot, State University of New York, Albany
Adi Mittal, University of Pittsburgh
Raymond Moylan, Saint Louis University
Margarida Muralha Schweikert Farinha, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Stamatis Psaroudakis, University of Macedonia
Hannah Sachs, Davidson College
Maja Szydłowska, Jagiellonian University of Cracow
Britta Thiemt, Trinity College Dublin
Anastasiia Vorobiova, National University “Odesa Law Academy”
Erica Webb, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Lovis Zahn, Leiden University


Nancy Deere-Turney, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa
Nour Haikal, University of Houston
Yasmin Hoffmann, University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm
Frederikke Høgsgaard, Roskilde University
Ismahan Ismail Hersi, University College London
Melpomeni Kalogeraki, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Frederik Kirk, Denmark’s Technical University
Aida Knezevic, University of Sarajevo
Jacob Lang Laursen, Aarhus University
Magali Lapu, University of Georgia
Kendell Miller-Roberts, Southern Methodist University
Kristina Møller, Metropol University College
Brandur Mortensen Nolsøe, Lund University
Crystal Napoli, University of New Hampshire
Ane Pind Bagge, Kaospilot DK & Aarhus BSS
Mujgahn Rahimi, Copenhagen Business School
Verena Riedmiller, Maastricht University
Fiona Ross, University of Copenhagen
Vasileios Sassanis, Mississippi State University
Raphael Schoeberlein, Sarah Lawrence College
Terrie Soule, Pace University
Daria Sullivan, University of Pittsburgh
Agathe Svarre Engell, Yale-NUS College
Sarah Verdin, Sciences Po Grenoble


Labiba Ahmed, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
Marie-Louise Astrup Clemmensen, University of Copenhagen
Alexis Brown, Wayne State University
Sophia Burns, Vassar College
Celeste Goedert, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Mark Haidar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Antonela Kotsoni, Aalborg University
Hira Majeed, Wayne State University
Katja (Kathryn) Molinaro, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Jasmine Paul, The American University of Paris
Kristina Perkins, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ada Rachfalska, Warsaw University
Akash Raje, University of Virginia
Antonio Regulier, State University of New York, Fredonia
Lutalo Sanifu, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Anastasia Siapka, King’s College London
Jacqueline Tizora, University of Amsterdam
Alma Tutic, University of Sarajevo
Sharon Villagran, Princeton University
Emma Yip, University of California, Berkeley


Jamil Ahmed, City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Kathleen Brown, Northeastern University
Lucy Chin, Washington University, St. Louis
Lily Faust, Emory University
Gizem Gülcivan, Goethe University
Amra Karcic, University of Sarajevo
Ana Keleman, University of Banja Luka
Ceyda Keskindemir, VU University
Detmer Kremer, Bates College
Karen Lønne Christensen, University of Copenhagen
Amra Mesic, University of Bihac
Matilda Ostow, Wesleyan University
Daria Powichrowska, Sciences Po Paris
Đorđe (Dole) Prolić, University of Banja Luka
Romane Rozencwajg, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Mahir Sijamija, University of Sarajevo


Milena Adamczewska, Tilburg University
Onur Aksu, University of Cologne
Daisy Astorga-Gonzalez, Smith College
Anna Bachan, New York Univeristy
Meredith Blake, Harvard Extension School
Rozanna Bogacz, Jagiellonian University
Dominika Burakiewicz, University of Gdańsk
Małgorzata Galinska, University of Warsaw
Ignacy Hryniewicz, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Oleksandra Kovalenko, College of Europe, Natolin
Kamil Kuhr, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Kateryna Kyrychenko, Taras Shavchenko National University of Kyiv
May Lim, University of Washington
Bethanie Martin, Ball State University
Kenneth Martin, Southern Methodist University
Nawojka Mocek, Adam Mickiewicz University
Larysa Panasyuk, University of Warsaw
Eirini Pitsaki, University of the Aegean
Chelsea Racelis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ewa Rodzik, University of Warsaw
Ioannis Stylianidis, Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg & University of Heidelberg
Teddy Wallace, Mississippi State University
Larissa Weiß, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences
Małgorzata Zurowska, University of Warsaw