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Rose Anderson
Senior Program Officer, Protection Services
 
Rose Anderson is the Senior Program Officer for Protection Services at Scholars at Risk, where she assesses scholars' cases for placement within the SAR Network and conducts outreach to find positions of refuge for threatened scholars.  Prior to joining the SAR team, Rose worked with the Human Rights Advocates Program at Columbia University, a capacity-building and training program for human rights activists from around the world. Rose also worked with WITNESS, where she trained activists  in using video for human rights documentation and developed training materials. Rose received her M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University in 2014. Rose received her B.A. from the Global College program of Long Island University.
     
 
Lauren Clement
Program Assistant, Protection Services
 
Lauren Clement is the Program Assistant for Protection Services at Scholars at Risk, where she assists with SAR’s efforts to protect scholars worldwide through the placement of scholars at higher education institutions within the SAR network. Prior to joining SAR, she interned at CNN and 1010 WINS. Lauren studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh, and received her B.A. magna cum laude in Philosophy from Tufts University where she was inducted into the Honos Civicus Honor Society. 
     
 
Margaret Coons
Program Associate, Membership
 
As Program Associate at Scholars at Risk, Margaret manages the SAR network's membership and university relations. She is a graduate of Yale University, where she received her B.A. summa cum laude in History and was awarded multiple fellowships to research women's rights movements in India and the UK. Margaret serves on the board of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven, CT and is a proud alumna of the Yale a cappella community.
     
 
Lauren Crain
Senior Program Officer
 
Lauren Crain is Senior Program Officer at Scholars at Risk, where she coordinates SAR's protection efforts on behalf of threatened scholars and works on SAR’s academic freedom monitoring project. Prior to joining SAR, she was the Program Coordinator for the Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program, and a Consultant for the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW). She serves as Co-Chair of NCRW’s Emerging Leaders Network, a skills-building and networking group for entry and mid-level nonprofit professionals. She holds an MA in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and a BA in Politics from New York University.
     
 
Frances Hogan
Program Associate, Protection Services
 
Frances Hogan is a Program Associate for Protection Services at Scholars at Risk, where she assesses applications for assistance from potentially at-risk scholars. Prior to joining the SAR team, Frances worked as a Case Planner in the Therapeutic Unit of Catholic Guardian Services’ Treatment Family Foster Care program in the Bronx. Frances also served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year, and has led human rights and children’s rights trainings at International Peace Initiatives in Meru, Kenya. Frances received her M.A in Human Rights from Columbia University and her B.A. in Music Performance and International Studies from Case Western Reserve University.
     

 
Sophia La Valley
Program Associate, Research and Training

Sophia La Valley is the Program Associate for Research and Training at Scholars at Risk. Prior to joining the SAR team, Sophia spent two years teaching English and History in Cairo, Egypt. Sophia recently received her M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration on Cultural Studies from The New School. She received her B.A. in Art History from Portland State University.

     
 
Jesse Levine
Senior Advocacy Officer
 
Jesse Levine is a consultant serving as Advocacy Officer at Scholars at Risk. Mr. Levine manages the work of SAR's new Academic Freedom Advocacy Team initiative, including the development of research and advocacy projects focusing on discrete academic freedom concerns. He is an experienced US litigator and has a wide range of human rights experience including, most recently, as associate counsel at Human Rights Watch. He holds a JD from Fordham University Law School and a BA from University of Michigan.
     
 
Daniel Munier
Program Officer, Advocacy & Communications
 
As Program Officer, Daniel monitors and reports on attacks on higher education communities for SAR's Academic Freedom Monitoring Project, organizes advocacy initiatives, manages SAR's press relations, web presence and online engagement strategies. Prior to joining SAR, Daniel worked at the Refugee Resettlement Office of Catholic Charities Community Services, creating educational programing for adults and families, and managing New York's refugee consortium. He also interned with the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, coordinated events at New York University's Institute of French Studies, supported international exchange programs at Nazareth College of Rochester and taught English in France. Daniel received his M.A. in International Education from New York University in 2013 and his B.A. in Economics and French from Nazareth College of Rochester.
     
 
Sinead O'Gorman
European Director
 
Sinead O'Gorman is the European Director at Scholars at Risk. Based in the UK, Ms. O’Gorman leads SAR’s international outreach efforts, including the design and implementation of SAR’s strategy for Europe, establishing national and regional SAR sections and increasing global participation in SAR’s protection and prevention activities. Ms. O’Gorman previously served as Deputy Executive Director at Scholars at Risks' New York office, and has over 12 years’ experience in higher education, development cooperation and human rights. Prior to joining SAR, Ms. O'Gorman served as Program Officer-Africa at the Institute of International Education (IIE) and held program and research positions at the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA) in London and at the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) in Dublin. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, an MA in French from the Université de Montréal, a BA in English and French from Trinity College Dublin and was a pensionnaire étranger at the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS), rue d'Ulm.
     
 
Joyce Pisarello
Program Associate, Membership & Outreach
 
Prior to working at SAR Joyce worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Agenda Project, a progressive public policy think tank in New York City. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan where she worked in education, gender equality and development.  Joyce has also worked for the Centre for Social Research, a development and human rights oriented non-profit in New Delhi, India.  Joyce received a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University with a concentration in International Security Policy.  She received her BA in Philosophy & Religion at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.
     
 
Robert Quinn
Executive Director
 
Robert Quinn is the founding Executive Director of the Scholars at Risk Network, based at New York University.  Mr. Quinn currently serves on the  Council of the Magna Charta Observatory, based in Bologna, Italy; the Scientific Committee of Pax Academica, an online journal on academic freedom in Africa published by CODESRIA from Dakar, Senegal; and as a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program in Washington, DC. He previously served as Executive Director of the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund; on the Steering Committee of the Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR), based in London, UK; a member of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and Joseph Crowley Fellow in International Human Rights and adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School.  He received an A.B. cum laude from Princeton in 1988, a J.D. cum laude from Fordham in 1994, and an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010. In 2012, Mr. Quinn and Scholars at Risk received the University of Oslo's human rights award, the Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize, for "relentless work to protect the human rights of academics and for having inspired and engaged others to stress the importance of academic freedom." 
     
 
Clare Robinson
Director of Protection Services
 
Clare Robinson is Director of Protection Services at Scholars at Risk, where she leads SAR's efforts to offer direct assistance and protection to at-risk scholars worldwide. Ms. Robinson manages advocacy efforts on behalf of imprisoned scholars through the Scholars in Prison project, oversees SAR's domestic network development and organizes SAR activities within North America. She holds an MA in Politics/International Relations from NYU, where her research focused on human rights, nationalism and ethnic conflict in South East Asia. Prior to moving to New York, Ms. Robinson was Public Information Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Ms. Robinson is a founding editor of the NYU Department of Politics journal, Journal of Political Inquiry, and is an active alumna of UCLA. 
     
   
Sarina Rosenthal
Program Officer, Protection Services
 
Sarina Rosenthal is the Program Officer for Protection Services at Scholars at Risk, where she assesses applications for assistance within the network and conducts outreach to find positions of refuge for threatened scholars. Prior to joining the SAR team, Sarina worked in refugee case management and employment services with Lutheran Social Services and the International Rescue Committee in Maryland. She also spent time teaching English and conducting research on urban refugee education in Kampala, Uganda. Sarina received her Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2015 and her B.A. in Politics from Bates College.
     
  Molly Silverstein
Development Associate

Molly Silverstein is the Development Associate at Scholars at Risk. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Women's and Gender Studies. Prior to joining SAR, she worked as a Program Coordinator at the One Love Foundation, an Educator at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, and a Development Intern at PEN American Center. She currently lives in Queens, and writes poetry in her spare time.

 

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