Harvard FXB Director Dr. Mary T. Bassett

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH


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 Sciences 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

Dr. Natalia Linos is a social epidemiologist and the Executive Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard. She has over 15 years of experience working at the global and local levels on some of the most pressing public health challenges of our time: from climate change to systemic racism. Since 2019, she has helped build a new research area for the FXB Center focused 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


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…

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…

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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


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…

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Gerlinde Munshi, MA

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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Dennis Kunichoff, MPH

Data Coordinator and Analyst

Prior to joining the FXB Center, Dennis worked as a statistician at NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health and has taught statistics courses for NYU’s School of Global Public Health and NYU’s Prison Education Program. Dennis is interested using data to make sense of critical inequities in the country and to clarify the effects, as well as helping empower people by teaching the statistical tools and concepts that govern…

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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…

Carmel Williams, PhD

Executive Editor of Health and Human Rights Journal

Dr. Carmel Williams is the executive editor of Health and Human Rights, the FXB Center’s flagship publication. She has held this position since 2011. Dr. Williams holds a PhD in community health, with her thesis focusing on operationalizing the right to health in aid-funded programs. Her most recent research has focused on big data and the right to health, and inequality and social rights risks in digital economies.

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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…

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, MA

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, ALM

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…