Shawna Lesseur

Shawna is the Training and Outreach Program Manager in the Division of Environmental Health and Safety of the University of Connecticut’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Her work focuses on bringing teaching and learning, leadership development, and communications cutting edge technologies and best practices to support an inclusive safety culture in all divisions of the five campuses. Areas of professional expertise include program building, management through transition, policy development for diversity and equity, instructional design, curriculum development, and leadership coaching.

She is also an ABD Ph.D. candidate in Political Science studying International Relations and Comparative Politics with a focus on the role of the arts and humanities in politics, human rights film, performance, narrative, and social movements. She is currently conducting research on the Cambodia Town Film Festival and the classroom as political locations of genocide film. Her forthcoming dissertation title is “Pinching Politics Through Film Narrative: An Ontology and Pedagogy of Genocide Film.”

She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington in 2008 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Spanish. She received her M.A. in English with a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights from UConn in 2010, her Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies in 2013, and her M.A. in Political Science in 2014.

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