Our HARP Partners from the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College

Rhonda Frederick, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of English and Director of the African and African Diaspora Studies Program. She specializes in Caribbean and African American literatures. Her scholarly interests include literatures of the Americas, particularly 20th Century women’s popular fiction, mystery/detective, and futurist fiction/fantasy writing. She is currently interested in the detective and/or futurist fiction of Nalo Hopkinson, Walter Mosley, Barbara Neely, and Colson Whitehead. Her first manuscript, “Colón Man a Come”: Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migration, examines the recurrent figure of the Panama Canal worker in Caribbean literature, song, and memoir.


C. Shawn McGuffey, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boson College. His research agenda examines the social psychology of family life and the experience of inter-personal trauma. His work primarily highlights how race, gender, and social class both constrain and create the choices survivors pursue in the aftermath of trauma. His two current projects focus on sexual trauma. One examines how gender, sexuality, and race shape parental responses to child sexual abuse; and the other investigates the social psychology of Black rape survivors in the U.S., Ghana and South Africa. The Ford Foundation and a Research Incentive Grant have supported his research.


Eric Marturano is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences at Boston College, double-majoring in Economic and Philosophy, with a minor in African & African Diaspora Studies. Originally from Malvern, Pennsylvania, Eric has experience in service, including mission trips in Montreal and Philadelphia and volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity of West Chester and Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay. He is excited to assist IJP and help Darfuri refugees make their voices heard to organizations like the ICC.


Jonice Ward is a senior at Boston College, majoring in French and International Studies and minoring in African & African Diaspora Studies. She is interested in foreign policy and developing countries, particularly ones in Africa. She began working in this area with her family on a school in Monrovia, Liberia. Her work specifically on Darfur is recent yet invigorating. This summer she began working with the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur and began to see the necessity for further United States’ involvement. She is currently organizing a panel discussion through the Boston College African Students Organization with leaders from the Enough Project and the Massachusetts Coalition to hopefully educate more individuals on the issue. Through this collaborative project with IJP, Jonice hopes to gain further knowledge on the situation in order to better educate her family, peers, and perhaps even political leaders to allow for rapid and effective improvement.


Fatima Sattar is pursuing a PhD in sociology at Boston College. Her previous academic degrees include an MA in Middle Eastern and South Asian studies from the University of Chicago. Her research interests are in immigration, forced migration, refugees and resettlement, policy, race/ethnicity and inequality. She conducted ethnographic research at a U.S. refugee resettlement agency in the Northeast documenting the day-to-day challenges for resettlement workers carrying out the U.S. refugee resettlement program. She also worked with Iraqi and Bhutanese refugees providing them with resettlement reception and placement services. Fatima has attended the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre, International Summer School in Forced Migration and the Northwestern University’s Center for Forced Migration studies “Unsettling Resettlement” programs in 2011 and 2012. Fatima is a human rights and social justice advocate of victims of displacement and she supports developing a methodology that is ethical and in line with social justice goals – and which will also help elicit the intended data is critical to addressing the human rights violations committed against the Darfuri people.

Seeking justice for victims of mass atrocities

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