Core Faculty and Research Appointments

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MSc, Director of Research

Bhabha headshot largeJacqueline Bhabha is Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, the director of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, and a lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 1997 to 2001 she directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, Bhabha was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She received a first class honors degree and an MSc from Oxford University, and a Juris Doctor from the College of Law in London. She has recently authored Seeking Asylum Alone, three reports about unaccompanied child asylum seekers. Her writings on issues of migration and asylum in Europe and the United States include a coauthored book, Women’s Movement: Women under Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law; an edited volume, Asylum Law and Practice in Europe and North America, and many articles, including “Internationalist Gatekeepers? The Tension Between Asylum Advocacy and Human Rights” and “The Citizenship Deficit: On Being a Citizen Child.” She is currently working on issues of child migration, smuggling and trafficking, and citizenship.

 Alicia Ely Yamin, JD, MPH, Policy Director

Alicia Ely Yamin is a lecturer on global health at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, director of the JD/MPH program, policy director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and a senior associated researcher at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen, Norway. Trained in both law and public health at Harvard, for over 20 years Yamin’s career at the intersection of health and human rights has bridged academia and activism. From 2007 to 2011 Yamin held the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellowship on Global Health and Human Rights at Harvard Law School. Prior to that she served as director of research and investigations at Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw all of the organization’s field investigations, and on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Yamin is known globally for her pioneering scholarship and advocacy in relation to economic and social rights and rights-based approaches to health, for which she has received multiple distinctions. She has contributed to the drafting of multiple General Comments by UN treaty bodies, as well as UN Human Rights Council resolutions. She regularly advises UN bodies on health and human rights, and has provided strategic guidance to non-governmental organizations as well as courts on landmark litigations concerning health rights and sexual and reproductive rights in various countries and regions, as well as in supra-national adjudication. Yamin currently serves on the Lancet-O’Neil Institute Commission on Global Health and the Law and is the 2015-16 Visiting Gladstein Professor of Human Rights at the University of Connecticut.

Research Appointments

Angela Duger, JD, Research Associate

Angela Duger is a research associate at the FXB, where she supports projects within the FXB’s Program on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor. She also works on developing and maintaining the Health and Human Rights Resource Guide, published by the FXB Center and supported by Open Society Foundations. She is also an adjunct lecturer, teaching classes on international human rights law and policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and at Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to joining FXB, Angela worked as a Ford Foundation Fellow at the Program for Human Rights and the Global Economy.  She holds a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.

Arlan Fuller, JD, MA, Executive Director

2f10c3fExecutive Director Arlan Fuller has experience in international policy, federal government operations, and legislative strategy. He has served as a public affairs consultant to the Formosan Association for Public Relations, a Taiwanese-American organization, where he worked with the Taiwanese government to coordinate their legislative efforts in the US Congress. He has also been a consultant to the Citizens Trade Campaign, where he advised grassroots labor and trade organizations on strategy for legislative campaigns regarding the Chile and Singapore Free Trade Agreements. He was the legislative assistant for international relations and trade policy to Congressman Sherrod Brown, a senior member of the House International Relations Committee. In this role he was responsible for the congressman’s policy campaign to increase USAID funding for anti-tuberculosis efforts as well as for organizing a legislative and whipping strategy with the House Democratic Caucus on trade policy issues. Mr. Fuller also worked for Senator Edward Kennedy, serving on the senator’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee staff, and focused on National Institutes of Health grants. Mr. Fuller received his BA in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. He holds a Master’s degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and a JD from Boston College Law School.

Orla Kelly, MA, MBA, Research Associate

profile picOrla Kelly has held the post of research associate at the FXB Center since May 2010. Orla is responsible for the center’s gender and adolescence research portfolio in India. In this role she has managed a number of research projects, including an investigation into the obstacles to secondary level education for rural adolescents in Gujarat. Orla currently manages a multi-state study led by Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha, which aims to determine the infrastructural and social triggers that enable disadvantaged girls to successfully complete secondary education and gain access to tertiary level institutions. Orla is also part of the Harvard Gender Violence Project, a collaboration of SAI, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, the FXB Center, and regional experts who work on gender violence prevention and intervention programs in South Asia. She has co-authored several significant publications on gender and education in India.

Before joining the FXB Center, Orla worked at the Human Rights Law Network in New Delhi. There she engaged in research on the implementation of the economic, social, and cultural rights of marginalized women and persons with disabilities. Between 2005 and 2007 Orla worked at Google’s European headquarters in Dublin as a campaign developer. Orla holds an LLM in international human rights law and an MBA in international business from University College Dublin.

Margareta Matache, PhD,  Instructor

Margareta MatacheMargareta (Magda) Matache is a Roma rights activist from Romania. In 2012 she was awarded a Hauser postdoctoral fellowship at the FXB Center, where currently she works as an instructor. From 2005 to 2012 Matache was the executive director of Romani CRISS (, a leading NGO that defends and promotes the rights of Roma. During her tenure Romani CRISS took a stand against discrimination in landmark cases targeting the president, prime minister, and foreign minister of Romania. The organization’s advocacy and litigation efforts also contributed to the approval of the domestic School Desegregation Bill. Prior to this work Matache served as a youth worker and trainer on cultural diversity and minority rights. She has also worked as an election observer in the Western Balkans and has implemented well-known initiatives, including “Roma and the Stability Pact in South-Eastern Europe” and “Roma Use Your Ballot Wisely.” She completed her doctoral research work in the early childhood development of Romani children at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest, and holds a Master’s degree in European Social Policies. Her publications and research have covered the rights, agency, and social ecology of Romani children and adolescents, early childhood development, Romani women, anti-Roma violence, and segregation in education.