Tinker Travel Grant Fellowship

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Gee A. Yawson holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Neurological Psychology and Applied French Linguistics from The Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Justice, Law and Society with a concentration in International Public Affairs from American University, Washington DC. She is currently working towards concurrent doctoral degrees in Law and Global and Social Cultural Studies with an emphasis on Legal Anthropology. To complement her current studies, she is also working on certification in African and African Diaspora Studies.

For the past several years, Ms. Yawson has been working with various social justice coalitions in Washington DC, Miami and Brazil. Her current research concentration, for which she has been chosen for The Tinker Travel Grant Fellowship, focuses on sexual and physical violence in Afro-Brazilian women domestic workers in São Luis, Maranhão, Brazil. She seeks to research the clash between particular cases of rule of law, legal disputes, policy initiatives concerning human rights for Afro-Brazilian domestic workers, and the related clashes of social and cultural beliefs within domestic work. In the summer of 2011, she will begin her preliminary exploratory research working with Trabalhadoras (es) Domésticas do Estado do Maranhão, a local domestic worker’s union in Maranhão, Brazil. Outside of the world of Academia, she is an avid cultural dancer, a field hockey player, marathon runner and an extensive backpacker.