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Associate Research Fellows (Ph.D.)

Measurement and Human Rights Associate Research Fellows

The Measurement and Human Rights (MHR) Program, at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, selected 3 new Associate research Fellows for this spring semester (Jan-May 2009) from PhD Students with an interest in measurement and human rights related issues.

The primary function of the Associate Research Fellowship is to offer students the chance to pursue independent policy oriented research with support from MHR staff and resources, while participating in program activities.

Program activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Round table peer-reviews of on-going policy writing efforts
  • Discussion of research resources, evidence/data, and policies as determined by each fellow’s topic
  • Attendance to weekly meetings
  • Presentation of up-to-date research on individual topics to MHR staff

For more information you can contact: MHR Director, Andrea Rossi at

2010 2011 Associate Research Fellows


Katie Naeve

Katie Naeve is currently a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Her academic focus is on the linkage between human rights and development, microdevelopment initiatives and policy/program evaluation.  Katie holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Kansas.  Prior to beginning her master degree, she worked at the Kennedy School of Government's Center for International Development as a research assistant to faculty focused on economic development, program evaluation and international security issues. During her three years working at Harvard, Katie also spent one year as Program Manager of the Intrastate Conflict Program which focused on determinants of good governance in Africa.  Prior to joining Harvard, she interned in the Middle East/North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, focusing on legal discrimination in Saudi Arabia, violence against women in Jordan and Palestine, discrimination issues in the UAE, and extraordinary rendition of detainees.  Katie speaks fluent English and Spanish, and conversational French.


2009 2010 Associate Research Fellows


Courtney Hillebrecht

Courtney Hillebrecht is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include international relations, human rights, international law, Latin American politics and quantitative and qualitative research methods. As an Associate Research Fellow in the Measurement and Human Rights Program, her work focuses on developing a new rubric for measuring states’ compliance with the rulings of international human rights tribunals. This project is related to her dissertation, "From Paper Tigers to Engines of Change: The Effect of Regional Human Rights Courts on Domestic Practice and Politics," which examines patterns of compliance with international human rights tribunals.

Topic: A New, Empirical Approach to Measuring States’ Compliance with Regional Human Rights Tribunals

On-line bibliography (work in progress)


Spring 2009 Associate Research Fellows


Aude-Sophie Rodella- Boitreaud

Aude-Sophie Rodella- Boitreaud is a doctoral student in economics at the Center for the Study and Research in International Development (CERDI) in France. Her research interests are closely connected to conflict and post-conflict issues, notably economic and social reintegration after mass violence and the impact of justice and reconciliation processes on reintegration. Due to her past experience working with the World Bank, the European Commission and both international and local NGOS in sub-Saharan Africa, she is also keenly interested in issues relating to aid to fragile countries.

Topic: Overcoming the Guesstimate: Measuring Reintegration after Conflict. The Case of Women’s Reintegration in Sierra Leone.

On-line bibliography (work in progress)

Summer 2008 Associate Research Fellows


Gary Reinbold

Gary Reinbold is a doctoral student in Public Policy at Harvard. His teaching and research interests include human rights and development, poverty, and inequality and development. Gary received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University Chicago. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, he practiced law with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the international law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw.

Gary's work with MHR focused on issues concerning the relationship between economic inequality and children's health. In particular, he is interested in the human rights implications of different hypotheses regarding how economic inequality should be measured in these studies.

Issue Paper: Human Rights Reasons for Preferring Individual Measures of Inequality to Aggregate Measures

Andrea Egan

Visitng from Auckland, New Zealand, Andrea Egan is concurrently completing an MProfStuds (MPS) in International Relations & Human Rights and an MPhil in Development Studies with a focus on international development and environmental management. While at the Carr Center in the Measurement & Human Rights Program, Andrea looked at climate change and human rights -- working to quantify the disproportionate effects of climate change on the third world.

Issue Paper: Climate Change Fuels Forced Migration

Sean Holland

Sean Holland is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Philosophy and Linguistics at MIT. His dissertation addresses key questions pertaining to the philosophy of human rights, such as: What is our best philosophical account of human rights? What are the criteria for morally justified humanitarian interventions?

While at the Carr Center in the Measurement & Human Rights Program, Sean focussed on the prospects and challenges involved in establishing a comprehensive, internationally acceptable Global Human Rights Index.

Issue Paper: The Future of Human Rights Measurement: Towards an International Survey of Right

Ethan Fosse

Ethan A. Fosse received his B.A. in sociology from the University of Kansas (with Honors and Distinction). His interests include comparative politics, international development, and human rights policy. He is a Junior Fellow of the American Academy of Policial and Social Science, National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow, and Doctoral Fellow in the Multidiscipinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard University's john F. Kennedy School of Government. He has held research appointments at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung (WZB) and the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). His current research focuses on improving measures of state repression in developing countries.

Issue Paper: Ranking Rights: Problems and Prospects for a Quantitative Global Human Rights Index

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