Senior Research Fellows

HRC’s Senior Research Fellows are lifetime appointments. They are among the most accomplished individuals in their respective fields, and have contributed to HRC’s mission in deeply meaningful ways.

Carolyn Patty Blum headshotCarolyn Patty Blum

Carolyn Patty Blum is a Clinical Professor of Law Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, where she founded and directed the International Human Rights Law Clinic. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, where she is a member of the faculty of the Masters’ Program in International Human Rights Law. She also has taught at Columbia University Law School and Cardozo Law and has worked for major human rights organizations and international foundations as a consultant, including the International Center for Transitional Justice, the Open Society Foundation, among others. Her work with the Center for Justice and Accountability included her successful civil litigation against three of the top commanders in the Salvadoran military during their reign of state terror in the 1980s. Read more about Carolyn Patty Blum's work here.

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Charles H. Brenner

Charles H. Brenner has been a world leader in calculation of statistical significance for DNA testing since 1977. He received his PhD in Number Theory from UCLA in 1984. The International Commission on Missing Persons uses his DNA software DNA-VIEW(link is external)(link is external) for assessing the significance of matches. This software is used in 50 laboratories in four continents. Dr. Brenner is widely published in leading forensic science and human genetics journals on both DNA matters and paternity attribution. He is actively involved as a consultant in aspects of the identification of the World Trade Center and tsunami victims.

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Camille Crittenden

Camille Crittenden, PhD, serves as Deputy Director of CITRIS, Director of the CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative, and Executive Director of the CITRIS Social Apps Lab. Prior to coming to CITRIS in 2012, she was Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law, where she helped to develop its program in human rights, technology, and new media. She has written and spoken widely on these topics, as well as technology applications for civic engagement, government transparency and accountability, and the digital divide. She held previous positions as Assistant Dean for Development with International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley and in development and public relations at University of California Press and San Francisco Opera. She earned an MA and PhD from Duke University.

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Sarah Warshauer Freedman

Sarah Warshauer Freedman is Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as Co-Principal Investigator on “Education for Reconciliation: Building a History Curriculum after Genocide,” a project with the National University of Rwanda. Dr. Freedom is a member of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and an associate of the National Conference for Research in the Language Arts. She has served as an adviser for many groups, including the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and the Children’s Television Workshop. She has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. Read more about Dr. Sarah Warshauer Freedman's work here.

Vincent Iacopino headshotVincent Iacopino

Vincent Iacopino, MD, PhD, is Medical Director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and Adjunct Professor of Medicine with the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has participated in health and human rights research, investigations and advocacy for more than twenty years. Dr. Iacopino has represented PHR and/or supervised medical fact-finding investigations to Afghanistan, Albania, Botswana, Burma, Chad, Chechnya, Iraq, Kashmir, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mexico, Nigeria, Punjab, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and Zimbabwe, and documented the health consequences of a wide range of human rights violations.  He is the former Medical Director of Survivors International of Northern California. Read more about Dr. Vincent Iacopino's work here.

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Gilles Peress 

Gilles Peress is an internationally renowned photographer and recipient of the 1996 International Center of Photography Infinity Award among many others. He has been with Magnum Photos(link is external)(link is external), the prestigious photography agency founded by Robert Capa, since 1971. His photographs are exhibited in and collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Chicago Art Institute; and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. His books include Telex Iran: In the Name of the Revolution, The Silence, Farewell to Bosnia, The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar (with Eric Stover), and A Village Destroyed, May 14, 1999: War Crimes in Kosovo (with Fred Abrahams and Eric Stover).

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Victor Peskin

Victor Peskin, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University.  He is the author of International Justice in Rwanda and the Balkans: Virtual Trials and the Struggle for State Cooperation (2008), which examined the conditions under which states implicated in atrocities cooperate with international tribunals. Professor Peskin is also co-author (with Eric Stover and Alexa Koenig) of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror (2016)(link is external). His current work builds on this project by examining the political and legal dimensions of the International Criminal Court.

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Hernán Reyes

Hernán Reyes, MD, is former medical coordinator for Health in Prisons for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a post he occupied from 1984–2012.  A graduate of Geneva University Medical School (Switzerland), with a doctorate in Medicine and FMH specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum: Swiss medical federation), he joined the ICRC in 1982 as medical doctor, specifically for health activities related to persons in custody. Dr. Reyes documented prison health as well as ill-treatment, human rights violations, and torture for the ICRC in more than 45 countries around the world during his 28 years with the institution. Read more about Dr. Hernán Reyes' work here.

Kim Thuy Seelinger headshotKim Thuy Seelinger 

Kim Thuy Seelinger focuses on sexual and gender-based violence in the context of armed conflict and forced displacement. She is a Research Associate Professor at the Brown School of Social Work, Public Health, and Social Policy. Kim is also a Visiting Professor at the Law School. She will also serve as the inaugural director of a new Center on Gender, Migration, and Human Rights, based at the Washington University in St. Louis Institute for Public Health. Kim teaches courses on refugee protection, wartime sexual violence, the investigation of international crimes, and the application of international criminal law in national judicial systems. Read more about Kin Thuy Seelinger here.

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Patricia Viseur Sellers 

Patricia Viseur Sellers is an international criminal attorney and a special advisor for prosecution strategies to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Ms. Sellers is also a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College of Oxford University, where she lectures on international criminal law. She was the Legal Advisor for Gender, Acting Head of the Legal Advisory Section and a prosecutor at the Yugoslav (ICTY) Tribunal from 1994 until February 2007.  She developed the legal strategies and was a member of the trial teams of Akayesu, Furundzija, and Kunarac. She has served as a legal advisor and a trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunals in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Read more about Patricia Viseur Sellers' work here.

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Harvey M. Weinstein

Harvey M. Weinstein, MD, MPH, is a retired Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Weinstein was Associate Director of the Human Rights Center, where he directed the Forced Migration and Health Project. He worked in the Balkans (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia) and Rwanda for more than five years. Dr. Weinstein is a retired Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. With Eric Stover, he co-edited the book My Neighbor, My Enemy: Justice and Community in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity (2004).  Read more about Dr. Harvey Weinstein's work here.

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Dr. Thomas J. White

Dr. Thomas J. White worked on the discovery, research and development of human proteins and monoclonal antibodies as therapeutics, such as Betaseron for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, and on diagnostic tests using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology while holding positions of Vice President of Research and Associate Director of Research and Development at the biotechnology firm Cetus Corporation. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Read more about Dr. Thomas J. White's work here.