HKS Affiliated Authors

Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy

Cambridge, MA—Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced that Mathias Risse, the Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration, will serve as the Faculty Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Risse’s work and research is focused on the intersection of philosophy and public policy. His research addresses many questions of global justice, including inequality, taxation, trade, immigration, climate change, obligations to future generations, and the future of technology. He has also studied questions in ethics, decision theory, and 19th-century German philosophy.

“Mathias Risse is a leader with strong vision, a forward thinking approach, and a deep understanding of what it takes to build and grow a powerful research center. We are looking forward to growing the Carr Center’s core programs and research agenda under his leadership,” said Carr Center’s Advisory Board Chair Vin Ryan. “In addition, Carr Center’s Executive Director, Sushma Raman, brings a wide breadth of knowledge and experience, creating a powerful leadership team for the center.”

Risse’s papers have been published in numerous journals, and he is the author of On Global Justice and Global Political Philosophy. Mathias has two new books forthcoming—one on the justice of international trade and one on the philosophy and history of justice. Risse teaches ethics classes in the Kennedy School’s Master in Public Policy (MPP) core as well as classes in the College and at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Said Kennedy School’s Dean Douglas Elmendorf, “With his extensive teaching and research on a wide range of issues related to global justice, and the dedication and leadership he has shown while serving as interim director, Mathias will be an outstanding Faculty Director of the Carr Center. Please join me in congratulating him as we begin the next important chapter for the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.”

About Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School aims to improve public policy and public leadership in the United States and around the world through research, teaching, and direct engagement with policymakers and public leaders. Roughly 20,000 alumni of the school’s degree programs and 50,000 people who have taken executive education courses at the school work in nearly every country. In addition, faculty, staff, and students of the school are currently undertaking projects to advance knowledge and strengthen public policy and leadership in dozens of countries. Around the world, the skills and energy of the Harvard Kennedy School community are dedicated to helping make people’s lives safer, freer, and more prosperous.

About the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Since its founding in 1999 the Carr Center has developed a unique focus of expertise on the most dangerous and intractable human rights challenges of the new century, including genocide, mass atrocity, state failure, and the ethics and politics of military intervention. The Carr Center's mission is to realize global justice through theory, policy, and practice. The Center brings together theorists, policy makers, and practitioners in a vital mission: to enhance global justice. We accomplish this though research, teaching, training, and convenings focused on a more strategic and outcome-oriented human rights practice.