Robert Quinn is the founding Executive Director of the Scholars at Risk Network, based at New York University. Mr. Quinn currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR), based in London, UK; the governing Council of the Magna Charta Observatory, based in Bologna, Italy; and is 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; 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 in law from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010.
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.
Lewis Barnes is an intern primarily working on SAR’s protection program to directly engage with and protect endangered scholars. After moving to the US in 2008 from Cape Town, South Africa, he pursued a BA in International Studies from Kenyon College. His primary interests are East Asian politics and development, and he spent a year teaching English in North East China prior to working with SAR.
Elizabeth Tornheim is an intern at Scholars at Risk. She works on SAR's protection program, helping threatened scholars seeking assistance. She is pursuing her Bachelors and Masters degrees in International Relations at New York University with her thesis concentration on North Korea.
Sinead O'Gorman is European Director at Scholars at Risk. Based in The Hague, 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 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.
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.
Gergana Halpern is a consultant serving as Legal Advocacy Associate at Scholars at Risk, working on SAR’s new Academic Freedom Advocacy initiative. Prior to joining SAR, Gergana served as a research associate with Amnesty International USA and as the Millennium Development Goals Campaign Organizer at Amnesty International’s United Nations office in New York. Gergana holds a JD with a concentration in International and Comparative Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Denise is a Program Officer providing protection services for at-risk scholars and coordinating network membership. Prior to joining SAR, Denise held positions at NYU School of Law and NYU Office of Global Services. She also covered a human rights portfolio as a graduate intern at the US Embassy Prague. Denise received her M.A. in International Education from New York University, where she was a Provost’s Global Research Fellow. She received her B.A. in English and International Studies from Fairfield University.
Ishita is an intern at Scholars at Risk, working with the Scholars in Prison and SAR Monitoring Projects as well as assisting with SAR’s core objective of assisting scholars. Ishita is a junior at Bard College and is majoring in Human Rights and Psychology with a concentration in Pre-law.
Sophie Dalsimer is a consultant serving as Senior Researcher at Scholars at Risk. She is currently developing a framework for SAR's monitoring project reporting. Sophie holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law and previously served as Senior Program Officer with the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund.
Joy Ferguson is a consultant serving as SAR's communications officer. She is currently upgrading SAR's social media platforms.