Wahl, Rachel

Rachel Wahl

Rachel Wahl
ABD, International Education, New York University
BA, Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College
Part-Time Education Studies Faculty

Profile:
I have had a nearly life-long interest in how people in positions and places different from my own understand questions of justice and morality, and the role of education in diffusing particular conceptions of what is just and good. My research explores what happens when educators attempt to spread beliefs and norms related to social justice in diverse societies. In particular I focus on how people in positions of power understand, negotiate, and resist beliefs and norms related to human rights.

My current project investigates how Indian police, paramilitary, and military officers who are participants in human rights education understand and explain the use of torture and how they respond to human rights education and activism against torture. I believe it is vital to understand the perspectives and experiences of the people who are most responsible for protecting human rights -- but yet who are most often accused of violating them. I find that engagement with the beliefs and perceptions of those who have the most power to protect and to violate rights is key to improving both the theory and the practice of human rights diffusion and implementation. I recently completed twelve months of fieldwork in North India for this project, where I conducted extensive interviews with Indian police, paramilitary and military officers as well as with human rights workers.
Courses Taught:
  •  Education and Human Rights
Recent Publications:
Das, Abhijit; Mogford, Elizabeth; Barbhuiya, Rahul Amin; Chandra, Shishir; and Wahl, Rachel. (2012). Reviewing Responsibilities and Renewing Relationships: An Intervention with Men on Violence Against Women in India. Culture, Health, and Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care. 1 – 17. (Published).

Burde, Dana, Kapit-Spitalny, Amy, Wahl, Rachel, Guven, Ozen (2011). Education and Conflict Mitigation: What the Aid Workers Say. Washington, DC: USAID. (Published).

Burde, Dana; Kapit-Spitalny, Amy; Wahl, Rachel; Guven, Ozen. (2010). Education in Emergencies: A Literature Review of What Works, What Does Not, and Why. Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Oslo, Norway. (Contracted & Submitted).
Email:
wahlr@newschool.edu

Research Interests:
  • Human rights education and advocacy 
  • International norm diffusion 
  • Liberalism and its critics
  • Torture
  • Police Reform
  • Constructivist theory
Professional Affiliations:
  • American Political Science Association, Human Rights Division 
  • International Studies Association 
  • Comparative and International Education Society, Peace Education Special Interest Group & South Asia Special Interest Group
  • Law and Society Association 
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
Protecting Rights by Violating Them: Law Enforcement and Doubts about Democracy in India. Paper presentation at the American Political Science Association annual conference. New Orleans. August 2012 (upcoming).

Enforcing the Peace: Police Violence and Human Rights in India. Paper presentation for the symposium “Intersection of Criminal and Social Justice” at the American Psychological Association annual conference. Orlando. August 2012.

Learning Human Rights: Human Rights Education and Law Enforcement Officers in India. Paper presentation for a Peace Education Special Interest Group panel at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference. Puerto Rico. April 2012.

Rights and Religion: An Empirical Study of the relationship between Religiosity and Support for Human Rights in India. Accepted to the American Political Science Association National Conference “The Politics of Rights.” Chicago, IL. September, 2011. First author on paper. 2nd – 4th authors: C. Tubbs, J. Protzko, T. Gupta.

Religiosity: Barrier or Boost to human rights support in New Delhi, India? Accepted to the Second Annual Emory University conference on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding. Atlanta, GA. June, 2011. First author on paper. 2nd – 4th authors: C. Tubbs, J. Protzko, T. Gupta.

The Family vs. the State: Moral Responsibility among Indian Parents. Paper presentation at “Self, Other, and the Social Good in a Cross-Cultural Context: A Conference on Personal Identity and Moral Obligation in Contemporary Eastern and Western Thought.” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. October, 2010.

Iqbal, Gandhi and Social Change: Religious Beliefs and Views of Justice. Paper presentation. American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Region conference. New Brunswick, NJ. March 12, 2010.

School Climate and Psychological Well-being among Indian Adolescents. Poster presentation. Comparative and International Education Society National Conference. Chicago, IL. March, 2010. First author on paper. 2nd – 4th authors: T. Gupta, J. Protzco, S. Singh.

Exploring Individualism and Collectivism among Urban, Middle Class Indian Adolescents. Poster presentation. Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. March, 2010. First author on paper. 2nd - 6th authors: T. Gupta, J. Protzco, S. Singh, R. Hedge, P. Mukherjee. "

A Cross Cultural Analysis of Maternal Perceptions of Adolescent Friendships in India, China, and the United States. Poster presentation. Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. March, 2010. Second Author on paper. First author: C. Tubbs. Third author: N.Way.

The Role of Religious Belief in the Formation of Political Opinions. Paper presentation. Columbia University Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures Graduate Student Conference. New York, NY. April, 2010.

Civil Conflict and Civil Society: Political Preferences, Religious Identities, and Violence against Education. Panel with Dr. Dana Burde and Amy Kapit-Spitalny. Presented at the Comparative and International Education Society National Conference. Chicago, IL. March, 2010.

Citizens of Europe: The Role of Human Rights Education in the Creation of a Common European Identity. Paper presentation. Comparative and International Education Society Northeastern Regional Conference “Rethinking Approaches to International Development in Education.” Lehigh, PA. October, 2009.

To Change or Not to Change: UNESCO’s Early Encounters with Communities in the Developing World. Paper presentation. New York University conference "Developing Peace: Education for Mutual Understanding.” New York, NY. March 2009.
Awards and Honors:
Junior Scholar Symposium, International Studies Association Annual Meeting. (Selected to participate with a small group of junior scholars to receive in-depth feedback from senior scholars). Upcoming, April 2013.

Society for the Study of Conflict and Violence Student Travel Award (Funding to participate in a symposium on peace psychology and social justice at the American Psychological Association annual meeting). August 2012. $400.00.

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowship. (Funding for fieldwork and Hindi language study in India). Institute of International Education. June 2011 – March 31, 2012. $23,600.00.

Dean’s Grant for Student Research, New York University. May 2011. $1,000.00.

High Pass, Doctoral Qualifying Examination. New York University. October 2010.

Alternate, Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship. Social Science Research Council. March 2010.

Shearwater Grant, New York University. (Funding for fieldwork in India). June – August 2010. $1,000.00.

Steinhardt Doctoral Student Fellowship. New York University. September 2010 – June 2011. $15,000.00.

Rothman Scholarship. New York University. September 2010 – June 2011. $10,000.00

Doctoral Student Travel Grant. New York University. March 2009. $500.00.

Twenty-first Century Fellowship. New York University. September 2008 – June 2010. $20,000.00
CV (pdf):
Rachel Wahl CV



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