Dr. Satchit Balsari is director of the Global Emergency Medicine Program at Weill Cornell Medical College/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His interests are focused on humanitarian studies, disaster preparedness, emergency medicine education, and the application of smart technology to advance public health. Committed to global health education, Balsari directs several courses at Weill Cornell, targeting a wide audience ranging from undergraduates to mid-career professionals. He has participated in research and training initiatives in Haiti, UAE, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Iraq, South Sudan, and India.More about Satchit Balsari
Faculty and Staff
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 director of research at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received a first class honors degree and an MSc from Oxford University, and a JD from the College of Law in London. From 1997 to 2001 Bhabha 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. She has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children’s rights, and citizenship. She is the author of Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age (Princeton University Press, 2014), editor of Children Without A State (MIT Press, 2011), author of Moving Children: Young Migrants and the Challenge of Rights (forthcoming, Princeton University Press, 2014), and editor of Coming of Age: Reframing the Approach to Adolescent Rights (forthcoming, UPenn Press, 2014). She serves on the board of the Scholars at Risk Network, the World Peace Foundation and the Journal of Refugee Studies.More about Jacqueline Bhabha
Miriam Chernoff, MA, PhD, grew up in northern California and now lives in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is a statistician and an archaeologist/anthropologist who currently works as a biostatistician. She is interested in Near Eastern agricultural history and has contributed statistical expertise in the fields of HIV/AIDS, refugee mental health, psychology, minority health, and arthritis.More about Miriam Chernoff
Erin Doherty, BA
Erin Doherty joined the Harvard FXB as administrative coordinator in the fall of 2014. She works closely with fellows and staff on administrative, financial, and human resources related requests. Prior to joining Harvard FXB, Doherty worked at Boston Children’s Hospital supporting faculty members in the Division of General Pediatrics. Doherty received a bachelor of arts in communication from Westfield State University.
Elizabeth Donger is a research associate at Harvard FXB Center focusing on issues of distress migration and child protection. She has experience in nonprofit programming, investigative research and legal advocacy with refugee and internally displaced communities in Jordan, Colombia, the U.S. and the U.K. She completed a Master of Public Policy degree at the Harvard Kennedy School, where, as as a John F. Kennedy Fellow, she wrote her capstone Policy Analysis Exercise on child labor exploitation for the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children.More about Elizabeth Donger
Arlan Fuller is a research associate at Harvard FXB as well as the center’s executive director. He 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.More about Arlan Fuller
Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, is director of the Harvard FXB Center and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health. As associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, she is a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to her current appointment in 2010, Dr. Leaning served for five years as co-director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. From 1999 to 2005 Dr. Leaning directed the Program on Humanitarian Crises and Human Rights at the Harvard FXB Center. During the 1980s and 1990s Dr. Leaning held progressively responsible roles in medical management at Harvard Community Health Plan (now Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates) and was medical director of the Health Centers Division from 1992-1997. She has worked clinically in emergency medicine from 1978 (and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston from 1986-2005).More about Jennifer Leaning
Senior Research Assistant
Jennifer Leigh, MPH, has been active in global health for 15 years, primarily providing humanitarian assistance and strengthening community-based care for mobile and conflict-affected populations. Jennifer consults internationally, frequently providing technical assistance for projects in Myanmar, and conducts research with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Harvard Global Health Institute, in addition to doing work with Harvard FXB CenterMore about Jennifer Leigh
Hector Lucero, BA, BSc
Associate Director of Finance and Administration
Hector Lucero is FXB’s Associate Director of Finance and Administration. Working closely with faculty, staff, and Center leadership, he provides oversight and leadership in the financial and administrative management of the Center’s diverse activities. Hector received bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from Boston University in 2003 and has been with Harvard University since 2008.
Margareta (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 (www.romanicriss.org), 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.More about Margareta Matache