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Faculty Director:

Douglas Johnson Douglas A. Johnson became the first Executive Director of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) in 1988 after a series of acting directors; he was tasked by the Board to build the organization to the stature merited by Governor Perpich’s founding vision for the first treatment center in the United States for torture survivors. Johnson stepped down January 31, 2012, after nearly 24 years heading the organization, During his tenure, CVT provided healing services to over 23,000 torture survivor in one of its clinical sites in Minnesota, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Jordan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or Kenya. The organization grew from 3 staff at his arrival to about 250 at his departure.

Almost a decade earlier Johnson cut his teeth on global NGO formation when he launched the Nestle Boycott in 1977 and cofounded the Infant Formula Action Coalition (INFACT) that same year. He served as INFACT’s first Executive Director until 1984. He cofounded, with the President of the National Council of Churches, the International Nestle Boycott Committee with 120 national organizations representing 40 million members; the boycott became the first grassroots international boycott active in 10 nations. With other delegates at the first UN meeting where NGOs were given full participation rights, he cofounded the International Baby Food Action Network, an organization that was critical to developing and passing the UN’s first code to control the marketing practices of multinational companies. Johnson left INFACT a year after monitoring the agreement signed between Nestle and the INBC on how the company would implement the WHO/UNICEF code. Ester Peterson, former White House Consumer Advisor to President Carter, termed this agreement as “the greatest victory in the history of the international consumer movement.”

The challenges he experienced in those national, regional, and global campaigns around infant formula issues later helped him to conceive of the New Tactics in Human Rights Project at CVT, to broaden tactical knowledge so as to improve strategic thinking. Johnson proposed and developed a global symposium on tactical innovations in human rights; the symposium was held in Ankara, Turkey in 2004 in collaboration with Helsinki Citizens Assembly and drew over 600 delegates from 89 countries and featured workshops on nearly 100 tactics.

Johnson served on the US Delegation to the annual human rights review of the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in 1996. He was appointed as an original member of the OSCE Experts’ Panel on the Prevention of Torture. In that capacity, he conceived the process of “Tactical Mapping” to build collaborative strategies to improve human rights practices. CVT used that process to draw together major human rights organizations to resist the use of torture by the Bush Administration. Pulling together a partnership with the National Religious Coalition for Human Rights and Evangelicals for Human Rights, Johnson led the Campaign to Ban Torture, which was joined by 125 national security experts and 125 national religious leaders. The Campaign developed an executive order to ban torture which was used as a model for President Obama’s executive order outlawing torture on his second day in office.

Johnson received a Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Organization and Management between his time at INFACT and CVT. His undergraduate degree in philosophy is from Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota.

Johnson has been widely recognized and honored for his work in human rights and humanitarian affairs.

Lecturer in Public Policy
Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

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phone:  617.495.8299
office:  R-214

Core Faculty:

Mathias Risse Mathias Risse is Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He works mostly in social and political philosophy and in ethics. His primary research areas are contemporary political philosophy (in particular questions of international justice, distributive justice, and property) and decision theory (in particular, rationality and fairness in group decision making, an area sometimes called analytical social philosophy.) His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics ; Philosophy and Public Affairs; Nous; the Journal of Political Philosophy ; and Social Choice and Welfare . Risse studied philosophy, mathematics, and mathematical economics at the University of Bielefeld, the University of Pittsburgh, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Princeton University. He received his BA, BS and MS in mathematics from Bielefeld, and his MA and PhD in philosophy from Princeton. Before coming to Harvard he taught in the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale.

Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy

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phone:  617.495.9811
office:  R-209

Arthur Isak Applbaum Arthur Isak Applbaum is the Adams Professor of Democratic Values and former Acting Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard. Applbaum's work on legitimate political authority, civil and official disobedience, and role morality has appeared in journals such as Philosophy & Public Affairs, Harvard Law Review, Ethics, and Legal Theory . He is the author of Ethics for Adversaries , a book about the morality of roles in public and professional life.

Applbaum has written about the ethics of executioners and of butlers, and he has consulted to the government about the ethics of spies. Recent papers include Legitimacy in a Bastard Kingdom and Forcing a People to Be Free. He is a member of Harvard's Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility and chairs the ethics advisory board of a stem cell research foundation. Applbaum holds degrees from Princeton and Harvard. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Jerusalem, a Fellow in Ethics at Harvard, and a Rockefeller Fellow at Princeton University's Center for Human Values.

Adams Professor of Democratic Values

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phone:  617.495.8058
office:  R-217

Kathryn Sikkink Kathryn Sikkink works on international norms and institutions, transnational advocacy networks, the impact of human rights law and policies, and transitional justice. Her publications include The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics (awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Center Book Award, and the WOLA/Duke University Award); Mixed Signals: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America; Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics (co-authored with Margaret Keck and awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order, and the ISA Chadwick Alger Award for Best Book in the area of International Organizations); and The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance, (co-edited with Thomas Risse and Stephen Ropp). She holds an MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Sikkink has been a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and a Guggenheim fellow. She is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society, the American Association for Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the editorial board of the International Studies Quarterly, International Organization, and the American Political Science Review.

Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government 
Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliffe

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phone:  617.495.1872
office:  L-308

David King David C. King is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at The Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the MPA programs. He also chairs Harvard's Program for Newly Elected Members of the U.S. Congress and Harvard's executive program for leaders in State and Local Governments. Professor King joined the faculty in 1992, and he lectures on Legislatures, Political Parties, and Interest Groups.

In the wake of the 2000 presidential elections, Professor King directed the Task Force on Election Administration for the National Commission on Election Reform, chaired by former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. That effort culminated in landmark voting rights legislation signed by President Bush in late 2002. He later oversaw an evaluation and new management structure for the Boston Election Department, and he served on the Advisory Board of

Professor King's recent work focuses on the U.S. Military: on factors influencing the willingness of minorities to join the military, and on family readiness issues more generally. Professor King played a central role in linking the removal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" with the reinstatement of Naval ROTC at Harvard University.

David King is co-author of The Generation of Trust: Public Confidence in the U.S. Military Since Vietnam (2003), author of Turf Wars: How Congressional Committees Claim Jurisdiction (1997), and co-editor of Why People Don't Trust Government (1997).

An award-winning professor, David King’s work is highlighted in Bill Smoot’s 2010 book, Conversations with Great Teachers.

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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phone:  617.495.1665
office:  L-303

Jacqueline Bhabha Jacqueline Bhabha is the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, the Director of Research at the FXB Center, Harvard School of Public Health, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School.

From 1997 to 2001 she directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She received a first class honors degree and an MSc from Oxford University and a JD from the College of Law in London. She has recently authored three reports entitled Seeking Asylum Alone, about unaccompanied child asylum seekers. Her writings on issues of migration and asylum in Europe and the United States include a coauthored book, Women's Movement: Women Under Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law , an edited volume, Asylum Law And Practice in Europe and North America ,and many articles, including Internationalist Gatekeepers? The Tension Between Asylum Advocacy and Human Rights and The Citizenship Deficit: On Being a Citizen Child. She is currently working on issues of child migration, smuggling and trafficking, and citizenship.

Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health
Director of Research, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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phone:  617.384.7743
office:  R-218

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Jacqueline Bhabha Claude Bruderlein is the Director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, an international research and policy program based at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has been engaged in international humanitarian protection since 1985. After obtaining a B.A. in economics and political science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, he was granted a law degree from the University of Geneva Law School, with a specialization in International Law. He then served with the International Committee of the Red Cross as a delegate in Iran, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Yemen. In 1996, Mr. Bruderlein received a Master's degree in Law from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the New York Bar. That same year, he joined the United Nations in New York as Special Advisor on Humanitarian Affairs. He worked particularly on humanitarian access in Afghanistan and North Korea. In September 2003, he was appointed as a member of the Independent Panel on the Safety and Security of the United Nations Personnel in Iraq. His research interests include international humanitarian law, humanitarian protection, security management and human security.

Lecturer on International Health, Harvard School of Public Health

Director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research
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Martha Chen Martha Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy, is coordinator of the global research policy network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). An experienced development practitioner and scholar, her areas of specialization are gender and poverty alleviation with a focus on issues of employment and livelihoods. Before joining Harvard University in 1987, she lived for 15 years in Bangladesh where she worked with BRAC, one of the world's largest NGOs, and in India where she served as field representative of Oxfam America for India and Bangladesh. She is the author of numerous books including, most recently, Progress of the World's Women 2005: Women, Work, and Poverty ; Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture ; and Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in Rural India . Chen received a PhD in South Asia regional studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lecturer in Public Policy

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Dara Cohen Dara Cohen is an assistant professor of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests span the field of international relations, including international security, civil war and the dynamics of violence during conflict, and gender and international relations. Her current book project examines the variation in the use of sexual violence during recent civil conflicts; the research for the book draws on fieldwork in Sierra Leone, East Timor and El Salvador, where she interviewed more than 200 ex-combatants and noncombatants.

Her research has appeared in the Journal of Peace Research, International Security and Stanford Law Review, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace and the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, among others. In 2011, Cohen was awarded the American Political Science Association's Award for Best Dissertation in Women and Politics.

Cohen graduated with an A.B. in political science and philosophy with honors from Brown University in 2001, and served as a paralegal in the Outstanding Scholars Program in the Counterterrorism Section of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2001-2003. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2010. Prior to joining the Kennedy School, she was an assistant professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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  Candelaria Garay is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. Her research focuses on social policy, collective action, and party politics in Latin America. She received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript that seeks to characterize and explain the recent expansion of and cross-country variation in social policy programs (income transfers, pensions, and health-care services) to populations historically excluded from social protection in Latin America.

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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Sam Gregory Sam Gregory is the Program Director at WITNESS (, the leading global organization training and supporting people to use video in human rights advocacy. In 2005, he was the lead editor on the widely used text “Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism” (Pluto Press), and in 2007, he developed WITNESS' Video Advocacy Institute, an intensive two-week training program for human rights advocates. He has worked extensively with human rights activists, particularly in Latin America and Asia, integrating video into campaigns on a range of civil, political, social, economic and cultural human rights issues. Videos he has co-produced have been screened to decision-makers in the U.S. Congress, the U.K. Houses of Parliament, the United Nations and at film festivals worldwide. Internationally recognized for his expertise on emerging forms of advocacy he has published in human rights, social entrepreneurship and visual media journals including most recently “Cameras Everywhere: Ubiquitous Video Documentation of Human Rights, New Forms of Video Advocacy and Concerns about Safety, Security, Dignity and Consent” in the Journal of Human Rights Practice (OUP, 2010). He attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government on a Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, and graduated with a Masters in Public Policy. He was formerly on the Advisory Board of the Tactical Technology Collective, and is on the Board of the US Campaign for Burma.

Adjunct Lecturer

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Virginia Greiman Virginia Greiman, is an Assistant Professor of International Law and Development and Cyberlaw at Boston University. She also serves as an Attorney Adviser to Harvard Law School's Office of Public Interest Advising and teaches trial advocacy at HLS. As an international scholar, she has published extensively and lectured internationally on legal frameworks for confronting cybercrime, cybersecurity and international development and project finance, and participates annually in the International Conference on Information Warfare and Security. Her prior experience includes high level appointments with the U.S. Department of Justice and legal counsel to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Eastern and Central Europe, Asia, and Africa on privatization and development projects. Most recently, she headed a U.S. State Department delegation to Liberia on post-conflict restructuring and rule of law initiatives.

Assistant Professor of International Law and Development and Cyberlaw, Boston University
Attorney Adviser, Office of Public Interest Advising, Harvard Law School

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J. Bryan Hehir J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life. He is also the Secretary for Social Services and the President of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston. His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society. He served on the faculty of Georgetown University (1984 to 1992) and the Harvard Divinity School (1993 to 2001). His writings include: The Moral Measurement of War: A Tradition of Continuity and Change; Military Intervention and National Sovereignty; Catholicism and Democracy; and Social Values and Public Policy: A Contribution from a Religious Tradition.

Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life
Secretary for Social Services and the President of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston

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Swanee Hunt Swanee Hunt was the Founding Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School. She is currently core faculty at the Center for Public Leadership and an advisor to the Working Group on Modern Day Slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights. She has taught The Choreography of Social Movements at Harvard College and lectured at Harvards business, law, divinity, and education graduate schools. An expert on domestic policy and foreign affairs, Hunt is president of the 27 year-old Hunt Alternatives Fund. The Fund operates out of Cambridge, Massachusetts and is focused on strengthening youth arts organizations, supporting leaders of social movements, combating human trafficking, and increasing philanthropy. Hunt also chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security, conducting research, training, and advocacy to integrate women into peace processes. Her seminal work in this area began when, as the U.S. Ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997, she hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states and on the encouragement of women leaders throughout Eastern Europe. Building on her extensive work with US non-governmental organizations, she became a specialist in the role of women in post-communist Europe.

Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy
Adjunct Faculty, Harvard Kenndy School
Senior Advisor, Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

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Michael Ignatieff Michael Ignatieff is a Canadian writer, teacher and former politician. He holds a doctorate in history from Harvard University and has held academic posts at Kings College, Cambridge and at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He served in the Parliament of Canada and was Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. His books include The Needs of Strangers, (1984), Scar Tissue (1992), Blood and Belonging, (1993) The Warriors Honour, (1997) Isaiah Berlin (1998) The Rights Revolution (2000) Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004).

He holds a joint professorial appointment at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Professor of Practice

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Joseph Kalt Joseph P. Kalt is Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy. His research focuses on exploring the economic implications and political origins of the government regulation of markets. He also heads the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. Kalt has published widely in the area of natural resources economics and policy. He is the author of The Economics and Politics of Oil Price Regulation; Federal Policy in the Post-Embargo Era, Drawing the Line on Natural Gas Regulation (with F.C. Schuller); What Can Tribes Do? Strategies and Institutions in American Indian Economic Development (with Steven Cornell); and The State of the Native Nations (with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development). Kalt received his BA from Stanford University and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy

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Frances M. Kamm Frances M. Kamm is Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy. She is the author of Creation and Abortion; Morality, Mortality, Vol. 1: Death and Whom to Save From It; Morality, Mortality Vol. 2: Rights, Duties, and Status ; and Intricate Ethics . Kamm also has published many articles on normative ethical theory and practical ethics. She has held ACLS, AAUW, NEH, and Guggenheim fellowships and has been a Fellow of the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School, the Center for Human Values at Princeton, and the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford. She is a member of the editorial boards of Philosophy & Public Affairs, Legal Theory, Bioethics , and Utilitas and was a consultant on ethics to the World Health Organization.

Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy

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Siddharth Kara

Siddharth Kara is an Adjunct Lecturer on Public Policy and the Director of the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. He is also a Fellow on Forced Labor with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on contemporary slavery and co-developed/taught the first human trafficking course at the Harvard Kennedy School. Kara is best known for his award-winning book, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, the first of three books he is writing on the subjects of human trafficking and contemporary slavery. Sex Trafficking was named co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. The Award is generally regarded as the top prize in the field of slavery scholarship, and Kara's is the first book on modern slavery to receive the award. Kara's second book on slavery, Bonded Labor: Inside the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. In addition to his books, Kara is also the author of several academic and law journal articles.

Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995. Subsequently, he has traveled to more than thirty countries across six continents to research these crimes, comprehensively documenting over 1,300 former and current slaves of all kinds, witnessing firsthand the sale of humans into slavery, and confronting some of those who trafficked and exploited them. Most of Kara’s research has been self-funded, but he has also received research support from sources such as Humanity United and the Google Foundation.

Kara currently advises the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking research, policy and law. He is a regular contributor to the CNN Freedom Project, and his ongoing research into slavery and human trafficking around the world has been covered by CNN, the BBC, CNBC, and National Geographic.

Previously, Kara was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, then ran his own finance and M&A consulting firm. From 2009 to 2013, Kara was a Fellow on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a Law degree from England, MBA from Columbia University, and BA from Duke University.

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Director, Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

phone:  617.496.4494
office:  R-212
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Jennifer Leaning Jennifer Leaning An expert in public health and rights-based responses to humanitarian crises, Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, is the Director of the Harvard François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, the FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Leaning served for five years as co-director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.  From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Leaning directed the Program on Humanitarian Crises and Human Rights at the FXB Center.  During the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Leaning held progressively responsible roles in medical management at Harvard Community Health Plan and worked clinically in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  She has served on the boards of Physicians for Human Rights, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Oxfam America and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the United States and the Massachusetts Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross.  She is on the editorial boards of several journals and a member of the Board of Syndics at Harvard University Press.  Her research and teaching interests are in human rights, international humanitarian law, and public health and policy response to humanitarian crises. The author of many academic articles, she has also edited two books, including Humanitarian Crises: The Medical and Public Health Response, published by Harvard University Press in 1999.  She earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College, her masters of science from HSPH, and her M.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Director of the Harvard François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Email: jleaning at
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Timothy Patrick McCarthy

Timothy Patrick McCarthy is Lecturer on History and Literature, Adjunct Lecturer on Public Policy, and Director of the new Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also teaches in the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. An historian of social movements, Dr. McCarthy graduated with honors from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, where he completed his dissertation under the direction of Eric Foner. Dr. McCarthy’s research agenda focuses on the relationship between human rights and social movements in three main areas:  race relations and civil rights; LGBT politics, policy, and advocacy; and modern slavery and human trafficking. At the Carr Center, he runs a biweekly study group on Human Rights and Social Movements, and co-chairs, with Christina Bain, the Regional Working Group on modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. He has published two books – The Radical Reader:  A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition (New Press, 2003) and Prophets of Protest:  Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism (New Press, 2006) – and his third book, Protest Nation:  The Radical Roots of Modern America, (New Press, 2010). He is also currently at work on several other book projects. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, Journal of American History, In These Times, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Souls, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Folha, and The Nation, and he is a regular contributor to radio, web, and other media outlets.  A popular and award-winning teacher and advisor, Dr. McCarthy has received the Stephen Botein Prize for Outstanding Teaching (2000), Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for Excellence in Senior Thesis Advising (2002, 2009), John R. Marquand Award for Exceptional Advising and Counseling (2003), Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (2006, 2007, 2008), and the Special Commendation for Excellence in Teaching at the Harvard Kennedy School (2009). Dr. McCarthy is also a nationally known educator and public servant. Since 2002, he has served as Academic Director of the Boston Clemente Course in the Humanities, a multi-disciplinary college course offered free of charge to low-income adults through the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, MA. As founding director of Harvard’s Alternative Spring Break Church Rebuilding Project, he has spent the last decade taking groups of students down South to rebuild black churches that have been burned in arson attacks. In 2007, he received the Humble Servant Award from the National Coalition for Burned Churches for his commitment to civil rights and religious tolerance. An outspoken and respected leader in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, Dr. McCarthy was a founding member of Barack Obama’s National LGBT Leadership Council, serves on the Board of the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus, and, in 2009, delivered Harvard’s prestigious Nicholas Papadopoulos Lecture, entitled “Stonewall’s Children:  Life, Loss, and Love after Liberation.”  He lectures widely on topics ranging from history and literature to politics and human rights.

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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Lecturer on History and Literature
Director, Carr Center Human Rights and Social Movements Program

phone:  617.384.9023
office:  R-206

Ambassador Jonathan Moore Former Ambassador Jonathan Moore is a visiting Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. As a Fellow Moore specializes in post- conflict reconstruction and nation-building. Currently, he is an associate at the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. From 1989-92 Moore was Ambassador to the United Nations and Representative to its Economic and Social Council, and from 1986- 89 U.S. Coordinator and Ambassador at large for Refugees and as Director of the Refugee Programs Bureau, U.S. Department of State. He continues efforts pursued over the past fifteen years for the United Nations and other international organizations in relief and development programs in poor and conflicted countries such as Cambodia, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Somalia, Haiti, Rwanda, Kosovo, Croatia, and Sri Lanka.

Visiting Fellow at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding

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Sarah Sewall

Sarah Sewall teaches international affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she also directs the Program on National Security and Human Rights. Dr. Sewall is the founder and faculty director of the Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Project. She is currently leading a study on civilian casualties with the United States Military. She led the Obama Transitions National Security Agency Review process in 2008. During the Clinton Administration, Dr. Sewall served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance. From 1983-1996, she served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell on the Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Arms Control Observer Group. Before joining Harvard, Dr. Sewall was at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences where she edited The United States and the International Criminal Court (2002). Her more recent publications include the introduction to the University of Chicago Edition of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual (2007) and, with John White, Parameters of Partnership: U.S. Civil-Military Relations in the 21st Century (2009).

Dr. Sewall is a member of the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee and the Center for Naval Analyses Defense Advisory Committee and is on the board of Oxfam America. She graduated from Harvard College and received her doctorate from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Director, Carr Center Program on National Security and Human Rights
Founder and MARO Project Faculty Director

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phone:  617.496.4843
office:  R-118

Malcolm Sparrow Malcolm Sparrow is Professor of the Practice of Public Management, Faculty Chair of the MPP Program, and Faculty Chair of the Executive Program on Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies. He served 10 years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector, and has had extensive experience with criminal investigation. Recent publications include: The Character of Harms: Operational Challenges in Control; The Regulatory Craft: Controlling Risks, Solving Problems, and Managing Compliance; and License to Steal: How Fraud Bleeds Americas Health Care System. His research interests include regulatory and enforcement strategy, fraud control, and risk management and analysis. He is also a patent-holding inventor in the area of computerized fingerprint analysis and is dead serious at tennis. He holds an MA in mathematics from Cambridge University, an MPA from the Kennedy School, and a PhD in applied mathematics.

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Professor of Practice of Public Management
Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

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Felisa Tibbitts Felisa Tibbitts is director and co-founder of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), an international recognized non-governmental organization dedicated to education and learning about human rights. Tibbitts has carried out capacity-development work supporting national curricular reform efforts in human rights, law-related and civic education programming in Albania, China, Croatia, Estonia, Northern Ireland, Morocco, Romania and Ukraine and has carried out trainings in over 20 countries. Tibbitts' teaching efforts are focused on the topics of Human Rights Education, Monitoring Children's Rights, the Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming, and Research and Evaluation in the NGO Sector. In addition to teaching these online courses for her own organization and her work at HGSE, she is a Visiting Professor at the United Nations’ University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Tibbitts has published extensively and is a consultative expert for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, UNESCO, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Open Society Institute. She was trained in educational research, planning and policy through Master’s programs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also obtained a Certificate of Advanced Studies. During the 2008-9 academic year she was a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.

Adjunct Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Director and co-founder of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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David Yanagizawa-Drott David Yanagizawa-Drott is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research interests include economic development and political economy, with special focus on political violence, health, information and mass media. He has explored issues such as the impact of hate propaganda on violence during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide and the strategic determinants of news about human rights violations. He is currently investigating how innovations in information and communication technologies can be used to prevent political violence in conflict zones. Born in Sweden, he holds a MSc in Economics from University of Gothenburg and a PhD in Economics from Stockholm University.

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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