Research Associates


Kathryn Scavuzzo is a Research Assistant at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a senior undergraduate student at the College of Arts and Sciences and will graduate with a BA in Anthropology.

She is also a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership and Ethical Development Program (CAS Lead) where she has learned to develop her leadership skills as well as learn ethics and philosophy.

Her research focus will be on collecting new data for the Convention on the Rights of Person’s with Disabilities (CRPD) state report study and then analyzing the state party and shadow report data on CRPD implementation. 


Adriana Hooks is a senior undergraduate at the College of Arts and Sciences and will graduate with a B.A. in Anthropology with a social-cultural focus. She is also a member of the Varsity Women’s Track and Cross Country team at American University.

Her research and interests are focused on accessible and inclusive education primarily within the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. She will be transferring her interests into working with the DIAUD network on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda for inclusive and accessible cities. 

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Jane Rothstein is a junior undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she will graduate with a B.A. in Psychology. She will spend the second semester of her junior year studying in Wellington, New Zealand where she hopes to further her education on Indigenous Psychology.

During her time with the IDPP she will work closely with the D.C. chapter of the Special Olympics, acting as a liaison between the organization and the AU student population.