Nicholas SherwoodNicholas Sherwood serves as a graduate assistant at UAB’s Institute for Human Rights while earning his Master’s degree in the Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights.  Prior to coming to UAB, Nick earned degrees in psychology and political science from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.  While at CNU, Nick conducted original research through the government and psychology departments; he focused on human trafficking survivors, clinical trauma theory, and mental health in combat veterans.  In addition to research, Nick served on student executive boards advocating for mental health awareness and survivors of sexual violence. Nick also worked for an international nonprofit providing aftercare services to sexual assault survivors.

 

Nick’s primary interest is the clinical treatment and social reintegration of survivors of human rights violations.  The anthropology of peace and human rights explains how these survivors fit into a larger constellation of generational and societal traumas.  The program at UAB encourages collaboration across departments and disciplines, and this transdisciplinary approach is particularly useful in the study of human rights (as survivors and perpetrators exist as whole persons, not merely as discrete factors and variables).  By using this approach, Nick hopes to add to the existing literature on the various forms of trauma in repressed populations and the transformation of post-conflict societies.

 

Email: nrs1992@uab.edu