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Robert Quinn
Executive Director

Rob QuinnRobert Quinn is the founding Executive Director of the Scholars at Risk Network, based at New York University.  Mr. Quinn currently serves 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; 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 in law from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010.

 

Lauren Crain
Senior Program Officer
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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.

 

Jesse Levine
Legal Advocacy Officer
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Jesse Levine is a consultant serving as Legal 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.           

                

Bryan Chonto
Program Assistant

Bryan Chonto is the Program Assistant at Scholars at Risk. Prior to joining SAR, Bryan worked as a consultant for the development division of Human Rights Watch, where he contributed to grant writing and prospect research. He received a BA from Columbia University, where he focused on sociology and human rights, and was active in the human rights community on campus. Before moving to New York, Bryan also served in the United States Army as a member of the infantry.


Ida Iselin Eriksson
Intern

Ida Iselin is an intern at Scholars at Risk assisting on SAR’s protection and prevention team. Originally from Norway, Ida is a recent international graduate from Adelphi University. She graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude in international studies with a concentration on political science and cultural comprehension. She was a part of the Levermore Global Scholars a program whose focus is on leadership, civic engagement and global learning. Ida hopes to pursue a global career in education and to continue working on human rights issues and academic freedom in the future.


Chris Tatara

Intern

Chris Tatara is an intern working with SAR's Academic Freedom Monitoring project and Scholars in Prison project. He is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where he received his B.A. in History, and a Minor in International Studies, with a concentration in Diplomatic Studies.   At Illinois Wesleyan, Chris also studied Russian, and was an active participant in the SAR Advocacy Seminar and Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.


           
           

 

Sinead O'Gorman
European Director

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
Director, Protection Services
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Clare RobinsonClare 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
Legal Advocacy Associate

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 LiGreci
Program Officer

 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.


Maria Dieter
Intern

Maria Dieter works as an intern with Scholars at Risk's Protection and Prevention team.  A recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she received her B.A. cum laude in geography and French, with a heavy focus on foreign languages, geographic information systems, and international relations.  Maria is a native of Durham, North Carolina but has also spent time as a student in Montpellier, France. In addition to being fluent in French, she also speaks Arabic and Spanish.  In past years, Maria has worked as an intern at EarthShare North Carolina and as a receptionist at the American Dance Festival.

Isobel Brown
Intern

Isobel Brown works as an intern with Scholars at Risk's Protection and Prevention team. She is currently a rising senior pursuing undergraduate degrees in East Asian Area Studies and Public Relations at the University of Southern California. Isobel also serves as a Research Fellow with the USC Korean Studies Institute, where she has conducted extensive research examining the contemporary political climate of North Korea. She also works as a student staff at the USC East Asian Studies Center and as a volunteer with Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Upon graduation, Isobel hopes to pursue a J.D. degree specializing in international humanitarian law. 


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