Kelly Diaz

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Doctoral Student

Kelly Diaz is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. She recently completed an AmeriCorps VISTA year serving the public housing community in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 2017, Diaz earned her Master’s of International Affairs from Penn State with a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarian Response. Her graduate Capstone requirement was fulfilled by an internship at the United Nations as the LGBTQ program leader for the Unitarian Universalist office.

Diaz graduated from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State in 2015 with degrees in Comparative Literature and Global/International Studies and minors in English, Spanish, Political Science, and Sexuality/Gender Studies. She wrote her honors thesis on human rights literature regarding the “Dirty War” in Argentina.

Here at Annenberg, Diaz is interested in studying the intersections of entertainment, advocacy, and education. In particular, she wants to explore both the ethics and effectiveness of using humor to discuss human rights issues. She is also passionate about accessibility to information and making sure that academic writing is not inherently exclusionary to those with language and educational barriers.  

Diaz is an active member of the LGBTQA community, an avid football fan, and in her free time, she enjoys creative, fiction writing.

Kelly Diaz is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication.

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