Harvard FXB Director Dr. Mary T. Bassett

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH

Director

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, is director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights in the department of Social and Behavioral Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. With more than 30 years of experience devoted to promoting health equity and social justice, both in the United States and abroad, Dr. Bassett’s…

Natalia Linos, MSc, ScD

Executive Director

Natalia Linos is a Research Scientist and the Executive Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard, where she has helped build a new research area for the Center focused on structural racism and health. In 2020 and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Natalia ran for Congress to represent Massachusetts’ fourth Congressional district. She is currently a Town Meeting Member in Brookline and serves on…

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MSc

Director of Research

Jacqueline Bhabha is a Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also the Director of Research at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. She received a first class honors degree…

Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH

Faculty

Dr. Satchit Balsari is an assistant professor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Since 2009, he has been affiliated with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, where his research has contributed to advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations affected by disasters and humanitarian crises. His interdisciplinary interests in mobile technology, disaster response, and population health have been informed…

Vasileia Digidiki, MSc, PhD

Instructor

Vasileia Digidiki, PhD is a Harvard Instructor and a Health and Human Rights Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. She is a Forensic and Social Psychologist and leads the FXB Center’s research agenda on migration. She holds a PhD in Clinical and Social Psychology and two master’s degrees in Forensic and Social Psychology. Since 2014, Dr. Digidiki has studied child protection amidst humanitarian…

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Veronica Lewin, BA

Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Veronica Lewin is the FXB Center’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, where she is responsible for implementing internal and external strategic communications plans, and coordinating the Center’s special events and public-facing efforts. Veronica has a wealth of experience in public health communications. Prior to joining the FXB Center, Veronica held increasingly responsible communications roles in New York City government. Previous roles include First Deputy Press Secretary, Assistant Director of…

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Margareta (Magda) Matache, PhD

Instructor

Dr. Margareta (Magda) Matache is a scholar from Romania, director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights’ Roma Program, and a Harvard instructor. Her research and teaching focus on the history and manifestations of anti-Roma racism, as well as the global history of race and racism. From 2005 to 2012, Dr. Matache was the Executive Director of Romani CRISS, a human rights organization that defends the rights of Roma. In 2012, she was…

Rebecca Shin, MPA, MEd

Assistant Director of Operations/Strategy Officer

Rebecca Shin is the Assistant Director of Operations/Strategy Officer at the FXB Center, where she contributes to program development, operations and administration. After completing her MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School, Shin joined the 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…

Margaret Sullivan, FNP-BC, DrPH

Margaret Sullivan, FNP-BC, DrPH

Research Fellow

Margaret (Maggie) Sullivan is a postdoctoral research fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. In 2019, she graduated with a Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH program) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with an interest in serving immigrant patients and their families. Her dissertation research focused on improving healthcare delivery to immigrant patients…

Justin Feldman, ScD

Research Associate

Justin Feldman is a social epidemiologist who researches racism and health, with emphases on economic inequality and police violence. He completed a ScD in social and behavioral sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2018, and worked as an assistant professor of epidemiology at the NYU School of Medicine.

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Caleb Dresser, MD

Fellow

Caleb Dresser is the 2019-2021 Climate and Human Health Fellow at Harvard FXB,  The fellowship is part of the Living Closer Foundation Consortium on Climate Science and Health Policy through the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Caleb is studying the impact of extreme weather events on vulnerable communities in Boston, with a particular focus on those with electricity-dependent medical needs. Through the course of his…

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Gerlinde Munshi

Assistant Director of Finance

Gerlinde Munshi is the FXB Center’s Assistant Director of Finance. Gerlinde has a long working experience in public health. Initially a researcher and program evaluator, over the years, she moved to research administration. Most recently, she served as the Administrative Director for the Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a position she held from 2010 to 2021. Gerlinde is originally from Germany.

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Anjli Patel, MS

Special Assistant and Senior Research Coordinator

Anjli Patel is the Special Assistant and Senior Research Coordinator for Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard. Her work with Dr. Bassett focuses on the intersection of structural racism, social justice, public health policy and legislation, and health equity. Anjli also has an interest in the intersection of this work within the field of oral health. Her current personal research…

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Megan Daly, BA

Communications Associate

As an experienced communications professional with nearly two decades of experience in government affairs and crisis management, Megan has appeared in a wide range of news stories for outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, New York Post, New York Observer, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Huffington Post and Politico. Before joining the FXB Center, Megan served as the Director of Communications and Public Policy for United Sikhs, a…

Emy Takinami

Emy Takinami, EdM, MSW

Racial Justice Policy and Community Engagement Manager

Emy Takinami (she/her) is the Racial Justice Policy and Community Engagement Manager at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard. As a macro social worker and community organizer, she is committed to building and fostering grassroots power toward community-led social change. She is currently a steering committee member of Boston Liberation Health, a group of social workers dedicated to understanding and practicing social work using the Liberation…

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Elizabeth Oh

Program Coordinator

Elizabeth is the Program Coordinator for the FXB Racial Justice Health and Human Rights Fellows and program. She comes with administrative experience in firms, non-profits, religious organization, startup, and higher education.  In addition, she has experience as a college chaplain and as a counseling intern. She received her B.A. in Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.A. in Counseling, and a M.A. in Religion at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  In…

Claire Street

Program Coordinator

Claire Street is a non-profit and administrative professional, most recently having worked at Harvard Business School in the General Management Unit. She graduated from Providence College in 2014 with a BA in Public and Community Service Studies and most recently graduated from the Harvard Extension School in 2020 with a degree in Development Practice. She is passionate about public health initiatives and serving her community. In her free time, she…