Trace Chaplin

Ph.D. Student (2015 Cohort)
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Dissertation Project

Adapting: Access to Water and Tenancy in Floating Informal Settlements facing Climate Impacts, Urbanization, & Migration

Professional Background

Human Rights Research, Policy Analysis, Social Justice Advocacy


Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, Survey Design, Socio-Legal Analysis



Tracey Chaplin’s research is focused on water security in marginalized communities on the front lines of climate change, including First Nation Peoples of North America, Indigenous Peoples of Peru, and Aboriginal Peoples of Australia. Trace received her Masters of Social Work Administration in the International Social Welfare Program at the University of Chicago. She was awarded a Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Research Grant, and was a Harris School of Public Policy Urban Revitalization Fellow. Trace received her Masters of Political Science and Public Affairs from the University of Alabama, where she was awarded the Peggy Roberts Murphree Fellowship. In 2007, Trace founded the SmART program, and in 2009 the Huntsville Alliance for Arts Education (501c3). Trace’s most recent research includes serving as principal evaluator of human trafficking programs for the International Organization for Adolescents, investigative researcher for the Human Rights Commission of Maharashtra, India, and water security research in floating urban settlements and rural native communities of Northern Peru.



Grants & Fellowships

  • Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellowship- University of Washington
  • Teaching Assistantship – University of Washington
  • Urban Revitalization Fellow – University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
  • Human Rights Research Grant – University of Chicago, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights
  • Graduate Fellowship – University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
  • Graduate Fellowship- University of Alabama, School of Political Science

Post Graduation


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