Human Rights Experts

Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson is director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Her most recent work has focused on democratic governance, conflict resolution, citizen security and organized crime, international relations, and U.S. policy in the Western hemisphere. Arnson is a member of the editorial advisory board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, th...
Senior Fellow, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
My focus on women, gender, and feminisms in Islam and Muslim societies for more than three decades has combined teaching and scholarship, public intellectual work, consulting, and activism. For even longer I have been a feminist. I have lived, contributed, and studied feminisms in many locations. For many this would raise questions of belonging—of positioning as insider or outsider and atten...
Ph.D. Candidate, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
Mary Barton is a doctoral candidate in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. Her research examines early terrorism and counter-terrorism from a transnational perspective.
Sandeep Bathala is a senior program associate for the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Maternal Health Initiative (formerly Global Health Initiative). Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she was the Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program Director where her efforts included coordinating study tours to India and Ethiopia to build a strong base of support for i...
Beth Cunningham is the Deputy Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. Prior to joining the Wilson Center in November 2013, she lived in Haiti, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan where she worked for the consulting firm DAI on USAID programs focused on strengthening local and national government institutions and civil society. She received her M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a B.A. fr...
Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at UCSB. She is the author or editor of 10 books on human rights movements, globalization, transitional justice, women's rights, indigenous rights, symbolic politics, and human rights foreign policy. Brysk has been a Fulbright Scholar in Canada and India, and a Visiting Scholar at universities in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Japan, t...
Independent scholar
Senior Scholar Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College
Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis directs the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Seven Sisters Colleges at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Rangita is a women’s human rights scholar and practitioner with over 25 years of experience working globally in over 25 countries with a vast n...
Ph.D. Candidate, Georgetown University
Devin Finn is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. In her research she focuses on connections between comparative processes of political mobilization and violence, with an emphasis on Latin America and South Asia. Over the last two years Devin carried out field research in various sites in India and Peru. Other interests include the dynamics of violence in ci...
Associate Director for Research, National Council of La Raza

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