Caitlin BeardCaitlin Beard is a first-year graduate student from Hartselle, Alabama. She is pursuing a Masters of Arts in the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights. Collegiate Japanese and American Sign Language classes and cultural exposure fed her interest in cultures and led her to earn a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Troy University in the fall of 2016. Deaf culture courses and interaction with the Deaf World for her ASL minor ignited an interest in the field of human rights—specifically how it pertains to the Deaf and other oppressed groups. Upon graduation from UAB, Caitlin intends to use her knowledge about human rights and related research to pursue a juris doctorate and a masters of law to practice human rights law and protect underprivileged groups internationally.


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