Clemson professor named co-chair of national science, human rights group
CLEMSON — Clemson professor Natasha Sianko has been elected co-chair of the Service to the Human Rights Community, a working group of the Science and Human Rights Coalition for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Her two-year term will begin in mid-July.
The Science and Human Rights Coalition convenes scientists, engineers and health professionals with human rights leaders and policymakers to discuss emerging issues at the nexus of science and human rights. The coalition serves as a catalyst for the increased involvement of scientific, engineering and health associations and their members in human rights-related activities.
Sianko is an assistant professor in Clemson’s youth, family and community studies department and Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, where she is a co-investigator on a large-scale, multi-year research project of adolescent dating violence in rural South Carolina. She also teaches graduate-level research courses in her department and has led undergraduate research courses for Clemson’s political science and psychology departments.
Prior to joining the Clemson faculty, Sianko served as a policy fellow for the American Orthopsychiatric Association in Washington, D.C. Her research interests lie in the intersection of social justice and human rights, with a special focus on children and adolescents. Her applied experience includes indicator development for social research and policy, especially as they relate to factors that enhance democratic development.
Sianko received a Ph.D. in international family and community studies from Clemson and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and methods of teaching from Minsk State Linguistic University in Belarus.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as other scientific journals. The mission of AAAS is to advance science and serve society through science policy initiatives, international programs, science education and public engagement.