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 a Program Officer at Scholars at Risk, where she works on SAR’s academic freedom monitoring project and with scholars seeking assistance. 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.
Catherine is Program Officer at Scholars at Risk, working on SAR's protection program, which offers direct assistance to scholars facing threats. She holds an MS in International Development from Georgetown, where she focused on community livelihood development and conflict prevention. Prior to moving to New York, she worked as a consultant at the World Bank's Middle East Unit and spent time in Yemen as a consultant on primary school education initiatives with the Academy for Educational Development. Previously, she was a program coordinator at the Near East South Asia Center, where she managed an international network of think tanks that focus on regional security and development issues.
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.
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. Ms. Robinson oversees SAR's domestic network development, organizes SAR activities within the US and manages advocacy efforts on behalf of imprisoned scholars. 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.
Briana Orr is Program Officer at Scholars at Risk, working on SAR's academic freedom monitoring project and as part of the protection team. A graduate of Bard College where she obtained a BA in Human Rights, Briana comes to SAR from the DC-based advocacy organization, Refugees International, where she assisted with media relations and publications. Prior to her time at RI, she held internships at the New York State Division of Human Rights and Audubon New York, and was a youth-artist-in-residence at La Lutta New Media Collective, a non-profit social media and documentary production group.
Dirk Jan Jalvingh
Dirk Jan Jalvingh is a protection program intern at Scholars at Risk. He assists with SAR’s core work of helping threatened scholars worldwide. He is a MA student at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, with a specialization in public history. He wrote his BA thesis in the field of theoretical and contemporary history, with a focus on Italian history, and is currently writing his MA thesis on the role of Social Darwinism in the discontinuity of history.