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Lena Ransohoff, BA

Faculty Assistant

Lena Ransohoff recently graduated from Cornell University and joined FXB to work as the Faculty Assistant under Dr. Jennifer Leaning and Professor Jacqueline Bhabha. With research interests in global health, medical anthropology, and human rights, she hopes to provide administrative support to the Center’s faculty and fellows while learning from their work.

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Clay Heaton, MS, SM


Clay Heaton is a Data Scientist at Imangi Studios in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he develops software and uses advanced analytics and machine learning to provide data-driven insights in support of mobile software that has seen over one billion users. Clay has a background in international health with a focus on data management during the response to complex humanitarian emergencies. He has extensive experience producing focused and actionable analysis for senior executives and policymakers and in managing complicated high-pressure projects in both the United States and international settings. His prior work includes post-tsunami recovery support in Thailand, data management fieldwork in the days following Hurricane Katrina, HIV/AIDS research in Kenya, and field-based software development and data analysis during response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Clay holds a Masters of Science in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Masters of Science in Advanced Analytics from North Carolina State University. He currently is part of Professor Jennifer Leaning’s team assessing the impact of the Syrian war on medicine and public health in the region.
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Rebecca Shin, MPA, MEd

Program Coordinator

Rebecca Shin is the Program Coordinator at Harvard FXB where she contributes to program development and operations.  After completing her MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School, Shin joined the Harvard FXB Center to directly pursue her passion for the human rights space.  Her areas of focus include child protection programs as well as key strategic initiatives with the Executive Director.  Prior to attending HKS, she worked for over 20 years in global corporate leadership roles responsible for program management, strategy and research.

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Richard Sollom, MPH, MA


Richard Sollom is Senior Results-Based Management Officer with the UN Refugee Agency where he provides strategic guidance to field operations to improve the protection of forcibly displaced populations. He is also Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist at Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Sollom has more than 20 years of experience working with both inter- and non-governmental organizations in the human rights and humanitarian fields. Prior to UNHCR, Sollom was Consultant with the Investigations Division, Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and served with the UN as Human Rights Officer (Somalia), Protection Officer (Burundi), and Human Rights Observer (Haiti). He has conducted human rights investigations in 25 countries and has interviewed more than 1,000 victims of human rights abuse and survivors of torture. His academic interest centers on the application of field epidemiology to quantify international crimes and human rights violations. Sollom is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard University.

Benjamin H. Leaman, MFA

Communications Coordinator

Benjamin Leaman communicates through writing, editing, design, photography, and videography on behalf of the center. He provides marketing and communications strategy to the diverse team of fellows and faculty. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Boston University.

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Eric Reeves, PhD, MA

Senior Fellow

Eric Reeves has spent the past eighteen years working full-time as a Sudan researcher and analyst, publishing extensively both in the US and internationally. His work appears in academic journals as well as prominent news outlets.  He has testified several times before the Congress, and has served as a consultant to a number of human rights and humanitarian organizations operating in Sudan.  He is author of A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide (2007) and more recently of Compromising with Evil: An archival history of greater Sudan, 2007 – 2012.

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Sergio Aguayo, PhD, MA


Sergio Aguayo is a Professor at the Centro de Estudios Internacionale, El Colegio de México, where he coordinates the Seminar on Violence and Peace and recently published a report investigating two mass killings in Mexico by gangs in the drug trade. The Wilson Quarterly recently published his analysis of the need for the United States and Mexico to join together to fight organized crime, and why it has not happened yet. Professor Aguayo’s academic training and public experiences have led to an outstanding career as a public intellectual concerned with the roots of violence in Mexico and long-term solutions. Watch a talk he gave at the FXB Center in April 2017 on Escaping from Criminal Violence in Central America, México, and the US: Migrants or Refugees? Click here to view.

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Josyann Abisaab, MD


Dr. Josyann Abisaab is an attending physician in the Emergency Department at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and a faculty member of the Global Emergency Medicine Program at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her areas of interest include global health, complex humanitarian emergencies and refugee protection. She has conducted human rights research and advocacy in the Middle East and, in 2014, joined a team of Harvard FXB researchers on a rapid needs assessment project conducted in the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. She is currently involved in a research initiative in Lebanon with a focus on primary health care access among host and refugee communities. Abisaab completed her internal medicine residency at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, earned her MD from the Rochester School of Medicine and holds a BS from the American University of Beirut.

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Lara Jirmanus, MD, MPH


Dr. Lara Jirmanus is primary care physician in the Family Medicine Department at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She has been involved in grassroots organizing, advocacy and research for many years, addressing worker and immigrant rights in the US, social movements and infectious diseases in Brazil and the impacts of conflict and displacement in the Middle East. Her current research focuses on the health of Syrian refugees and host populations in Lebanon, as well as the Dom, the Middle Eastern Roma. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she completed a residency in family medicine at the Boston University Medical Center, a fellowship in Global Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and earned an MPH at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Elizabeth Shlala, BSFS, MA, PhD


Dr. Elizabeth H. Shlala works on the historical roots and contemporary impact of modern migration in the Middle East. Her work focuses on law, gender and identity. She recently spent three years as a Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She received a certificate for Session IV of the Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute and has been a researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University and at the Centre of Migration, Policy & Society at Oxford University. Her most recent project, with colleagues at Oxford and the Center for Women’s Research, assessed the health of Sri Lankan domestic workers in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), funded by the Open Society Foundation’s International Migration Initiative.

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