Janika Spannagel is a research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. Her interests include human rights in relation to transnational advocacy networks, international diplomacy, and democratic transitions, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She currently conducts quantitative human rights research on international political prisoner advocacy, using an extensive database of several thousand prisoner cases that she has helped build with others at GPPi. In addition, she is currently pursuing a doctoral project in political science at the University of Freiburg on the international protection of human rights defenders.
Before joining GPPi, Janika was a Carlo Schmid Program Fellow at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, supporting the Human Rights Council branch and the MENA section. Her professional experience also includes an internship at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tunis in 2011, during the initial period of democratic transition following the Tunisian uprising. She has been an active member of Amnesty International for several years and a participant in the German dialogue forum Junge Islam Konferenz since 2013.
Janika completed a master’s degree in political science in a joint program between the University of Freiburg and Sciences Po Aix. The latter awarded her thesis on the Palestinian LGBTQ movement and its ties to transnational advocacy as the best thesis of the academic year. Her doctoral project is funded by the German National Academic Foundation, while previous scholarships for her studies, internships and research have come from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German National Academic Foundation, and the Mercator Foundation.
Languages: German, French, English, Spanish, Arabic
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