Shayna Plaut, PhD, received her Doctorate from the University of British Columbia in October, 2014. Her dissertation was entitled "Writing/Righting Truths across Borders: Learning from Transnational Peoples Journalism and Politics."
Her area of focus is on the intersections of journalism, human rights and social change with people who identify with being transnational. Shayna has consulted for the United Nations World Programme on Human Rights, Americas Media Initiative and the Global Reporting Centre. She has designed and taught courses on human rights and human rights reporting to journalists and future producers of culture since 2004 in North America and Central/Eastern Europe including designing and offering the first Human Rights Reporting class offered at the graduate level in Canada. Coming from a praxis based perspective; Shayna has conducted fieldwork and trainings with journalists, activists, policy makers and donors in the Balkans as well as Sapmi. Her work is published in academic, journalistic and creative forums such as: Alternatives: Local Global Political; The International Journal for Human Rights; Nordicom; The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights; Understanding Community Media (SAGE); as well as The Tyee, Chicago Public Radio, Praxis Center: A Resource for Activist Scholars. 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. She received her MA from the University of Chicago and her BA from Antioch College.