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Shayna Plaut



Dr. Shayna Plaut is the Director of Research at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Her work sits at the intersection of academia, journalism and advocacy. As an educator, researcher and journalist, Shayna has served as a consultant for the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International and a variety of migrant and human rights organizations. Since 2014, Shayna has served as the Research Manager for Strangers at Home, a project of the Global Reporting Centre, which has won numerous journalistic and human rights award. Since 2004, Shayna has developed and taught a large array of courses focused on the framing of social justice and human rights including at Simon Fraser University where she served as the Simons Research Fellow in International Law and Human Security from 2015-2016. Shayna developed the first human rights courses at Columbia College Chicago and the Graduate School for Journalism at University of British Columbia. Shayna happily relocated to Winnipeg in the summer of 2017 where she lives with her partner, two children and two cats.


Plaut, Shayna, Neil Bilotta, Lara Rosenoff Gauvin, Christina Clark-Kazak, and Maritza Felices-Luna. 2023. Messy Ethics in Human Rights Work. UBC Press.,

Plaut, Shayna, and Peter Klein. 2021. “‘Fixing’ the Journalist-Fixer Relationship: A Critical Look Towards Developing Best Practices in Global Reporting.” In Reporting Global While Being Local, edited by Saumava Mitra and Chris Paterson. Routledge.,

Cooper, Sarah, Jesse Hajer, and Shayna Plaut. 2020. “Assisting Renters: Manitoba’s Rent Assist  in the Context of Canada’s National Housing Strategy.” Winnipeg, MB: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. https://mnpha.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Assisting-Renters-FINAL-2020-10.pdf.

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