2009 recipients

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Summer Fellowship Program

June 2009
2009 Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowships Awarded

The Carr Center is pleased to announce that, for the summer of 2009, two Traub-Dicker fellowships have been awarded. The talented recipients of this year's grants are: Benjamin Hall and Baylee DeCastro. Consistent with the terms of this important award, Mr. Hall and Ms. Decastro will spend the summer doing research in the domain of policies affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. Both of these students bring a strong record of academic achievement and a longstanding commitment to LGBT human rights. Mr. Hall will be researching police reform in London's LGBT community, and Ms. DeCastro will be researching LGBT health advocacy in San Francisco. Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Harvard Kennedy School Lecturer and Carr Center Faculty Affiliate, will advise their research.

Benjamin Hall joined the Metropolitan Police, London in 2001, and graduated as the top student in his class in the police academy. He spent one year in uniformed response in South London before selection into the Detective corps where he worked in investigation units for sexual assault and domestic violence. After two years service, at the age of 23, he was selected for Specialist Operations at New Scotland Yard, where he has since been promoted to Detective Sergeant in the Serious Crime Command. Before attending Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar, he was educated at University College, London (BA Hons - French and Spanish), the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc - Criminal Justice Policy) and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (MPhil - Criminological Research).

Baylee DeCastro is a second year Master in Public Policy student. As a committed public health advocate, Baylee has worked for over a decade to unlock the health system's potential to restore economic security and promote the health of low-income and medically under served communities. Her research focuses on the relationship between the production of scientific knowledge and its use in policy formulation and implementation. As one of this year's Traub-Dicker Research Fellows, her research examines the ways in which state-centered advocacy efforts toward LGBT inclusion as subjects and objects of health research influence health policy. Before coming to the Kennedy School, Baylee served as Policy Advisor to three large UCSF clinical, policy and research programs, where she forged successful partnerships with health care providers and community organizations to promote quality affordable health care statewide. Baylee also led a national network of women's health professionals as Executive Director of the Association of Academic Women's Health Program.

I am genuinely delighted to welcome Ben Hall and Baylee DeCastro as the Carr Center's inaugural Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellows. These two extraordinary students bring a rare combination of talents--intellectual heft, political acumen, and personal passion--to the study of LGBT human rights and public policy. We are all very excited to see the fruits of their important research.

-- Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy,
Harvard Kennedy School Lecturer and Carr Center Faculty Affiliate.

Established through a generous gift by Margaret Traub '80 and her partner Phyllis Dicker, the Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowship is designed to support the summer research of one or two Kennedy School students doing original work on policies related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

The goal of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for a current Kennedy School student, working closely with a member of the Kennedy School faculty, to produce a serious, and possibly publishable, piece of policy research. Unlike summer internship opportunities, summer fellowships are designed to support scholarship rather than provide work experience.