Past Executive Members

Petra Molnar (ESPMI Advisory, Past Co-Coordinator)
Petra is a researcher and refugee advocate in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology with a diploma in Refugee Studies from York University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Brittany Lauren Wheeler (ESPMI Advisory, Past Co-Coordinator, President)
Brittany is currently a PhD Student in Geography at Clark University. She was the Repatriation Specialist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago from 2011-2016, working on tribal requests for the return of ancestral remains and cultural objects. She holds an M.A. in Forced Migration Studies (University of the Witwatersrand), where she researched the international return of human remains from South Africa and the United States,  and an M.A. in International Museum Studies (University of Gothenburg, Sweden).

Hillary Mellinger (Executive Member)
Hillary is a PhD student in the Justice, Law, and Criminology Program at American University.  She also holds an MA in Political Science from George Mason University. The focus of her research is on forced migration, comparative judicial systems, and international law.

Negin Dahya (Executive Member)
Negin is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School in Seattle. Negin completed her Ph.D. in the Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto, Canada. Her research is grounded in anti-oppressive education for ethnoracial minority groups, with a focus on girls and women using technology. Specifically, her work explores the sociocultural context of digital media production and technology use in under-served schools and communities, and transnational teaching/learning through digital technologies for refugees living in refugee camps. She has worked in arts education in Brazilian favelas, in media education with the National Film Board of Canada in Toronto, and as an Instructor in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. Her current research projects include an exploration of how videogame development can be used for teaching and learning STEM in under-resourced schools, and in particular with girls, and an ongoing inquiry into the use of social media for academic support with refugees pursuing online education in Dadaab, Kenya.  Negin previously worked with the NSN as its Web Content Editor and as a research assistant on the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees project with the Centre for Refugees.

Allison Magpayo (Executive Member)
Allison is an undergraduate student at York University, where she also works as a  research assistant in the York Centre for Asian Research. She is concurrently enrolled in York’s Refugee and Migration Studies Certificate and is preparing her honors dissertation on the diasporic discourses of Filipino domestic workers in Israel. She will be starting the Masters program in Human Geography at York University in the fall of 2013.

Oana Petrica (Executive Member)
Oana is the Communication and Partnership Officer of the New Scholars Network and PhD Candidate in the School of Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is finalizing a doctoral dissertation on the Romanian migration to Canada and identifies Romanian women’s work as central in the formation and transformation of the highly-skilled Romanian migrants from the former category of refugee. Some of her research interests include: transnational feminisms, feminist political economy, international migration, forced migration and refugee issues, global governance, (post)socialist studies.