Judy Zhang is a rising senior at the University of Chicago where she studies Political Science and Philosophy with a particular interest in human rights. Her research interests include immigrant & refugee rights, international human rights law, and finding legal pathways to protect marginalized groups. Currently, she researches how sexual violence is weaponized as a tool for genocide and works with the Women’s Peace Network in advocating for human rights protections for Rohingya women in Myanmar. She plans to write her senior BA thesis on the role of humanitarian interventions in Global South states through a post-colonial analysis of international law in Southeast Asia.
Outside of research and class, Judy volunteers for Legal Aid Chicago, competes on her college’s Mock Trial Team (where they recently placed in the top five at nationals!), interns at the Careers in Law Center, and occasionally dabbles in philosophy clubs on campus. After graduation, Judy plans on working abroad on immigrant women and refugee human rights issues before attending law school and studying international law. She will work for Professor Tom Ginsburg on his project, The Legal Characteristics of International Organizations.