Christine Caldera

Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois 


B.A. Human Rights Studies, Spanish, and Political Science, University of Dayton, 2015

M.A. International Human Rights, Certificate in International Law and Human Rights, University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Sturm College of Law, expected Spring 2018

Christine studied Human Rights Studies, Spanish, and Political Science at the University of Dayton with a focus on political violence, transitional justice, and the ethics of human rights advocacy. These interests influenced Christine to conduct fieldwork in El Salvador to produce a thesis titled, “The State of El Salvador: Human Rights and Violence in the Post-War Era”, which fostered a passion for research. After graduation, Christine completed a year of service in Chicago, serving as a case manager at the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center. As a case manager, Christine interacted daily with torture survivors, many of whom were seeking asylum, and helped connect these clients to social and mental health services in Chicago. Currently at the Josef Korbel School and Sturm College of Law, Christine has developed an academic background in asylum law and policy, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law. In summer 2017, Christine was a research intern for Amnesty International USA. She hopes to use her skills and experiences in a research position with a human rights NGO.

Christine enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and spending time outdoors in her free time.