Dr. Amy Ritterbusch is an Assistant Professor of Social Welfare at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs where she focuses on issues of social justice, oriented participatory action research, community-based research methods, police violence, gender-based violence, and violence against street-connected communities. Dr. Ritterbusch has led participatory action research initiatives with street-connected communities in Colombia for the last decade and recently expanded her scope to include Uganda. Her research examines human rights violations and forms of violence exerted against homeless individuals, sex workers, drug users, street-connected children and youth, and subsequent community-driven mobilizations to catalyze social justice outcomes within these communities. Throughout her research and teaching career she has explored different approaches to engaging students and community leaders through critical and responsible interaction between classroom and street spaces in Colombia and Uganda through a social justice lens.
Dr. Ritterbusch’s scholarship includes publications in social justice-oriented publications with respect to global human rights networks and public policy in Colombia. This includes a human rights shadow report on violence against homeless communities and their right to the city in Bogotá and policy briefs written with community-based collaborators presenting recommendations for the protection of homeless communities and sex workers’ fundamental human rights. Dr. Ritterbusch is involved with participatory action research partnerships with Red Comunitaria Trans (Bogotá, Colombia) and Casa Diversa, Comuna 8 (Medellín, Colombia). As a UCLA faculty member, Dr. Ritterbusch expands her research and pedagogical practices to the urban context of Los Angeles and as a means of catalyzing global networks for social justice that connect very local actions to transnational movements against injustice and inequality. Her academic research has been funded by the Open Society Foundations, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright U.S. Program and other networks promoting global social justice.