Among other things, Shayna Plaut is a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia; her area of focus is on the intersections of journalism, human rights and social change with people who identify with being transnational. Shayna has designed and taught courses on human rights and human rights reporting to journalists and future producers of culture since 2004 including designing the first Human Rights Reporting class offered at the graduate level in Canada. Coming from a praxis based perspective; Shayna has conducted fieldwork in the Balkans as well as Sapmi. Her work is published in academic, journalistic and creative forums. Since 2001, Shayna has engaged in extensive research on Romani media and civil society and served in a variety of volunteer leadership positions with Amnesty International and Amnesty USA. From 2000-2003, Shayna was the Human Rights Education Coordinator for the Midwest Region of Amnesty International USA. Shayna received her MA from the University of Chicago and her BA from Antioch College.