Michail C. Markodimitrakis
Associate Liaison Expert
Michail C. Markodimitrakis is an Associate Liaison Expert under the operational supervision of UNHCR. He holds a PhD in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, specializing on refugee integration, education, and racism in societal and political discourse and archives. His current research focuses on the experiences of forcibly displaced populations in host communities and their access to work and healthcare, along with representations of ethnicity, nationality, and racism. Michail has also published book chapters and articles on popular culture topics, with an ongoing interest in representations of fear, violence, and embodiments of evil. He has taught modules on academic research and writing, ethnic studies, and Greek/English for speakers of other languages, and as a community liaison for public history projects.
Rachel Riegelhaupt has worked and volunteered with refugee and migrant communities in Greece, Palestine/Israel, Kuala Lumpur, and New York City since 2017. Rachel holds a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, an MA in Human Rights from Columbia University, and a BA from Johns Hopkins University, where she dual-majored in International Studies and Sociology with a concentration in Global Social Change and Development. She is currently an Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellow at Equal Rights Beyond Borders in Kos, Greece.
At NYU Law, Rachel was a student advocate with the Central American Refugee Center, an Abby Lyn Gillette Women’s Rights Fellow at Sanctuary for Families’ Immigration Intervention Project, and an International Law and Human Rights Fellow at the International Women’s Rights Action Watch. She assisted asylum seekers with their immigration related casework through the New Sanctuary Coalition’s weekly asylum clinic, and represented gender-based violence survivors through Sanctuary for Families’ Courtroom- and Campus Advocates Projects. She served as a Research Assistant for Professor Ashley Armstrong’s study on safe third country agreements, and was a student author for the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Prior to NYU, Rachel briefly worked with the UN Refugee and Migrant Response Team in Greece’s Education in Emergencies team, and then advocated on behalf of rural Palestinian communities in Area C of the West Bank through a 2017-18 Dorot Fellowship.