Staff Directory

Susan Gzesh

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, Room 208
773-702-9455
** Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2-4pm

As Executive Director, Susan Gzesh oversees PFCHR staff and programs, teaches and advises students, manages external relations, and works with donors and alumni. See full bio here.


Tara Peters

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, Room 212
773-702-1261

As Assistant Director, Tara oversees administration, plans and implements PFCHR initiatives, and coordinates the 2015-16 internship program. She has a master's degree in international human rights law and previously managed refugee resettlement programs and services in the Chicago suburbs. 

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Kira Dault

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, Room 210
773-834-5298

As Communications and Events Manager, Kira coordinates all PFCHR communications and works with the Directors to plan and facilitate events.


Kathy Scott

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, Room 213
773-834-0957

As Office Administrator, Kathy supports all PFCHR operations and coordinates Human Rights course administration. Kathy comes to the PFCHR with a background in public health project management, having worked on research, direct service, and advocacy projects centered around health issues of women and children, economically struggling communities, communities of color, and the LGBTQ community. She also works as a freelance photographer.  

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Melissa Gatter

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave.

As Student Office Assistant, Melissa supports PFCHR operations and events and is coordinating the police torture archive website. She graduated in June with a double major in International Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and minoring in Human Rights. An alumni of the Human Rights Internship Program, she spent summer 2014 in Amman, Jordan completing humanitarian work with Iraqi and Palestinian refugees.

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Jose Espinosa

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, Room 211

As Internship Peer Leader for Graduate Students, Jose assists and supports the 2016 graduate student interns through the search and placement process. Jose is a graduate student in the Harris School of Pulbic Policy. He worked with Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Capetown, South Africa for his summer 2015 human rights internship.

As Collegiate Human Rights Coordinator, Jose supports Human Rights minors and College students working on thesis topics related to human rights.


Emma Almon

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, Room 211

As Internship Peer Leader, Emma assists and supports the 2016 human rights interns through the search and placement process. Emma is a fourth year in the College, majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Human Rights. She worked with New Immigrant Community Empowerment in New York City for her summer 2015 human rights internship.


Jeanne Lieberman

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, Room 211

As Internship Peer Leader, Jeanne assists and supports the 2016 human rights interns through the search and placement process. Jeanne is a fourth year in the College, majoring in Laws, Letters, and Society. She worked with LUNDU Centro de Estudios y Promocion Afro-Peruanos in Lima, Peru for her summer 2015 human rights internship.


Shiro Wachira

5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, Room 211

As Internship Peer Leader, Shrio assists and supports the 2016 human rights interns through the search and placement process. Shiro is a fourth year in the College, majoring in Philosophy. She worked with Tatua Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya for her summer 2015 human rights internship.


Emma Mackinnon

As Human Rights Workshop Co-Coordinator, Emma coordinates the graduate workshop series where faculty and graduate students engage in serious discussions of new human rights scholarship. She is a PhD student in Political Science and studies political theory with a focus on critiques of liberalism, the relationship between ethics, politics, and aesthetics, and the history of human rights.


Lael Weinberger

As Human Rights Workshop Co-Coordinator, Lael coordinates the graduate workshop series where faculty and graduate students engage in serious discussions of new human rights scholarship. He is a PhD student in the Department of History and a JD student in the Law School. See full bio here.

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