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Katie Fagan is a Birmingham native currently pursuing an MA in the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights from UAB. She graduated with a BA in Sociology from Hendrix College in 2010, where she focused on studying social movements and collective organizing. Upon receiving her degree she decided to put her sociological skills to the test by spending a year in American Samoa teaching 5th/6th grade with WorldTeach. There she gained valuable experiencing from working in a classroom and fully immersing herself in another culture. In addition, her new perspective on environmental issues gained from living on a small island in the Pacific prompted her to pursue an MSc in Environmental Governance from the University of Manchester in the UK. There she drew from her previous work on social movements to examine environmental justice issues both globally and in the US. Her work culminated in a dissertation focusing on environmental issues faced by inmates in US prisons and how the negative health effects should be conceptualized as additional punishments outside of their sentencing.

With the Masters of Peace and Human Rights, Katie is interested in examining environmental justice from a human rights-based perspective and the relationship between the environment and peace. Specifically, Katie plans to focus her research and work on environmental issues in Birmingham and Alabama at large.

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