Center Fellows

2014-2015 Carr Center Fellows

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Federica A'Alessandra

Federica D’Alessandra is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, where she is affiliated with the program on Transitional Justice. Her research focuses on transitional justice, war crimes prosecutions, and mass atrocity prevention. She is currently writing a book on the International Criminal Court (forthcoming 2015, Ashgate Publishers), and coordinating a handbook on human rights investigations for civil society actors.

Apart from her academic pursuits, Federica has been and remains involved in practical policy work. She currently serves as Human Rights Officer for the International Bar Association, and Chief Editor of the IBA Human Rights Law Newsletter. With the Public International Law & Policy Group, she works on the rule of law in conflict and post-conflict situations. She has been involved in the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms in Libya, and helped provide advice to the Syria Opposition Coalition at the Geneva II Peace Negotiations. Federica has field experience in northern India, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some of her previous work includes field presence with Médecins sans Frontière, UNESCO, and the US. Department of State. Federica is a 2012 Huygens Fellow with the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture and Science, and the 2009 Great Lakes Region Fellow with the Center for International Solidarity. She is a graduate of the Universities of Milan, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Paris-Sorbonne. She holds degrees in Law, Conflict Studies, and International Relations. Her contributions to international law and policy can be read on the Oxford Reports on International Law (Oxford University Press), and other academic journals. D’Alessandra is also a foreign policy correspondent for the Huffintgon Post Italia, her blog can be read (in Italian) at the following: http://www.huffingtonpost.it/federica-d-alessandra/.

email:  federica_dalessandra@hks.harvard.edu
phone:  617.495.8450
office:  R-205

Fernando Berdion Del Valle is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, where he focuses on the history of human rights policy in international law. He is working with Professor Kathryn Sikkink on a project that investigates Latin American nations as protagonists in the development of the idea of international human rights.

In addition, Fernando is also interested in how human rights norms are shaping and shaped by innovations in the technology industry. For example, his current work explores the idea of a “Right to Connect” to the Internet as an emerging norm within technology policy communities. Fernando recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P). He received his A.B. in Government from Harvard College in 2008. Before attending graduate school, Fernando worked for Facebook Inc. on intellectual property and privacy issues in Latin America and Spain. A native of Austin, Texas, also has an avid personal interest in documentary film and public policy advocacy.

email: 

fernando_berdion-del_valle@hks.harvard.edu

phone: 
office:  R-205


Bridget Marchesi

Bridget Marchesi is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, working in the Transitional Justice program. Bridget is pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on explaining the global diffusion of transitional justice and how conditions of adoption affect the quality of policy design and implementation. As a Fellow, Bridget is also working on a Carr Center and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative affiliated evaluation of the Colombian Unidad para las Victimas and the Victims and Land Restitution Law.

Bridget holds a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Business with graduate minors in Human Rights and Populations Studies. Ms. Marchesi also studied economics and management at Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Ms. Marchesi holds a graduate certificate from Dartmouth College and Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University.

email:  Bridget_Marchesi@hks.harvard.edu
phone:  617.495.8128
office:  R-203


Artyom Geghamyan

Sara Minkara is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She is President and Founder of ETI, Empowerment through Integration. Sara is a Lebanese-American who became legally blind at the age of 7. Her vision of ETI started in 2009 and she ran the first camp thanks to sponsorship through the Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award. She is currently a Dublin Fellow at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The strategic planner of ETI and the inspiration, she keeps external communications active between ETI and its collaborators/potential sponsors. Her favorite time, however, is when she gets to teach cane usage during the summer camps

email:  Sara_Minkara@hks14.harvard.edu
phone: 
office:  R-113


Artyom Geghamyan

Dr. Jennifer Schirmer holds a Ph.D. in Political Anthropology. She conducts research that addresses the mentalités of armed actors on both sides of conflicts--State security forces and non-State insurgents--with firsthand experience in Latin America, South Africa and The Philippines. She is the recipient of two John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grants for her research in Argentina and Guatemala. Jennifer also has been awarded a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship in the Program of International Peace at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and an Associate Fellowship at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study at the University of London.

For the last 14 years, Jennifer has directed an innovative peacebuilding project in Colombia that has constructively engaged a number of sectors in preparatory dialogues (referred to as conversatorios among the armed forces, ex-guerrilleros, the private sector, journalists, among others) to a peace agreement. In addition, she has organized seminars for others involved in the peace process on international experiences with mediation, ceasefires, disarmament and de-mobilization. Building on this experience, Dr. Schirmer will be writing a book while at the Carr Center that lays out a new approach to peacebuilding and peacemaking.

email:  jennifer.schirmer@sum.uio.no
phone: 
office:  R-112


Lisa Shannon

Avery Schmidt is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. His research focuses on the costs and consequences of the U.S. decision to use torture as an instrument of foreign policy following the attacks of 9/11.

Before joining the Carr Center, Avery received a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. As a graduate student Avery concentrated in international and global affairs, conducted fieldwork on security sector reform in Indonesia and political development in Egypt, and was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy.

Before arriving at Harvard, Avery worked as a pubic health educator with the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco and as a researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives (Colombo, Sri Lanka), the Institute for National Security Studies (Tel Aviv, Israel), and the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (Tbilisi, Georgia). Originally from Michigan, Avery received his B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

email:  Averell_Schmidt@hks.harvard.edu
phone:  617.495.8305
office:  R-205


Vidya Sri

Vidya Sri is a Co-Founder of Gangashakti.org an organization that conducts research and raises awareness on Forced Marriage. Gangashakti provides technical assistance on forced marriage, delivers training to service providers and presents talks on this issue. Vidya has engaged with a wide range of agencies, service providers, students and scholars to collect data and analyze the current impact of forced marriage in the United States. At Aarohan 2013, The national conference for South Asian Women's Organizations, she released her ground breaking, "Voices From the Frontline," a detailed paper that draws data from over 500 surveys with service providers, students, and scholars, 52 case studies, and 22 interviews with experts, frontline responders, and survivors in the United States.

Vidya has enjoyed a successful career in commercial banking. She has chosen to commit herself to the issue of forced marriage due to the lack of understanding, data, and engagement on this issue in the United States. Vidya was born in India and came to the United States at the age of 2. She grew up in New York City.

email:  vidya_sri@hks.harvard.edu
phone:  617.495.8228
office:  R-113


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