Core Faculty


Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MSc

Director of Research

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MSc is Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also the Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School and adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the director of research at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard’s only university-wide Human Rights research center. From 1997 to 2001 Bhabha founded and directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH


An expert in public health rights-based responses to humanitarian crises, Dr. Leaning is the FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her appointment followed an international search for a successor to Jim Yong Kim, Harvard FXB’s director from 2006 to 2009. As Steven E. Hyman, then-provost of Harvard University, noted in the Harvard Gazette, “Jennifer’s experience on the ground in hotspots from Afghanistan to Somalia gives her a unique perspective on the connection between human rights and public health. We are excited to think about the ways in which the FXB Center and its commitment to children’s health will evolve under her leadership.” Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Leaning served as co-director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. From 1999 to 2005, she directed the Program on Humanitarian Crises and Human Rights at here at Harvard FXB. During this time she also served as editor-in-chief of Medicine & Global Survival, an international quarterly.

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Alicia Eli Yamin, JD, MPH

Director of Policy

Alicia Eli Yamin is a lecturer on global health at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, director of the school’s JD/MPH program, policy director of the Harvard FXB Center, 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. Yamin has been awarded multiple honors and distinctions and serves on a range of international advisory and steering committees.

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