2017 Student Collaborators

Bios current as of 2017

Farah AlHaddad graduated from Macalester College in 2017 with a Political Science major with a Human Rights and Humanitarianism concentration. She came to the United States on a full scholarship to attend the United World College (UWC) in New Mexico, before she came to Minnesota. Farah is passionate about migration issues and has interned at the Advocates for Human Rights’ Refugee and Immigrant Program. As a CIC intern, Farah conducted research on the issues facing children whose parents are detained in immigration proceedings.

Julianna Carlson joined CIC while completing her Masters in Public Health in Maternal & Child Health, with a minor in Health Equity. Julianna earned her B.A. from Macalester College in 2011, where she studied developmental psychology and assisted with faculty research on adolescent stress responses to familial conflict. Julianna has spent many years working directly with children and families in schools and early childhood settings, and she is interested in approaching child development and women’s health through a public health lens. Julianna’s work for CIC included a survey of recent studies on the harms of parental incarceration and the benefits of alternatives to incarceration.

Caitlin Curry joined CIC’s research team as a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her research explores the intra-institutional and inter-institutional policies and practices within the penal state that reproduce systematic racial and class inequalities. More broadly, her research interests encompass the sociology of punishment and social control, including the causes and consequences of mass incarceration and mass supervision. With CIC, Caity spent over a year investigating barriers faced by children who wish to visit their incarcerated parents. She also has contacted programs throughout the country that provide transportation to children who wish to visit their parents in prison with the goal of expanding transportation options for children in Minnesota.

Natasha Moore received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota studying Sociology and African American & African Studies. Her research projects and interests included community organizing theory and practice, defining whiteness and exploring the abolition of whiteness, the Black radical tradition, the Afro-Caribbean radical tradition, as well as urban Black thought and praxis. She is continuing her research as a PhD candidate in Sociology with a Black Studies emphasis at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Damir S. Utržan returned to CIC for a second summer internship in 2017. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), with a doctoral degree in family social science with a couple and family therapy specialization. He currently is a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Damir’s research focus is on the intersection of clinical practice and human rights.