Jesionka, Natalie

One of DGA's own graduates, Natalie Jesionka is a lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology and Women’s Studies at Rutgers University Newark where she teaches Human Rights, Human Trafficking, and International Development. Her work in higher education includes serving as Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Services, and Director of International Programs at universities in Norway and New York City. Natalie is the Founder of the PRIZM Project, a human rights education organization for young women. Natalie also worked to shed light on untold human rights stories researching and reporting on issues such as refugee rights and human trafficking around the world. She served as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, researching stateless Hill Tribes and examining the origins of human trafficking. The work led to a partnership with Shine Global, an Oscar Award-winning non-profit production company, on the upcoming documentary film The Wrong Light. During her research, Natalie was appointed a Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at Bangkok University. Natalie has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA and serves on the Board of Giving Way. She penned the column "Travel Mirror” for The Daily Muse, focusing on best practices in volunteering and international development. She serves as the Editor of Shatter the Looking Glass, an online magazine that focuses on ethical travel. In 2014 she was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to further her research in counter-trafficking efforts around the world. Her work on trafficking has appeared in Mashable, Forbes, and Glamour.

Faculty Type: 
Associate Director
Office Location: 
Conklin 212

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