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Fall 2015: Colloquium on Inequality and Human Rights Biographies

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is Professor of International Affairs at the New School and Vice Chair of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy. She is a development economist who has published widely on a broad range of development policy-related issues including poverty, gender, technology, capacity development and agriculture. Her current research projects include the role of economic policy in realizing the right to food and the political economy of the Millennium Development Goals. Fukuda-Parr started her career at the World Bank working on agricultural projects before moving to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), where she worked on aid coordination in Africa. Between 1995 and 2004 she was director and lead author of the UNDP Human Development Reports. She is very widely published and has this year released her co-authored book, Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights (2015), and two books she co-edited, The MDGs, Capabilities and Human Rights: The Power of Numbers to Shape Agendas (2015) and Critical and Feminist Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crisis (2015). Fukuda-Parr received a BA from Cambridge University, an MALD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and an MA in Economics from Sussex University.

James Galbraith is Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Inequality Project. Galbraith served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including executive director of the Joint Economic Committee. Recently, he served as informal advisor to Yanis Varoufakis, Greek Finance Minister (February through July 2015). He has authored or co-edited six books and two textbooks, most recently The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth (2014). Galbraith writes frequently for policy magazines and the general press, and is a senior scholar of the Levy Economics Institute. Galbraith also serves as chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security. He received an AB from Harvard University, an MA and MPhil from Yale University, and a PhD in economics from Yale University.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author. Her most recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (2014), advances the theory that the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. Her previous works include international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies (1999). Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine, reporter for Rolling Stone and writes a syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. In 2014 she received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award, and in 2015 she received The Izzy Award honoring outstanding achievement in independent journalism and media. She holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia.

Samuel Moyn is Professor of Law and History at Harvard University, and researches and writes in the fields of human rights and humanitarian law, legal history, European intellectual history, and political theory. In addition to authoring numerous articles and book chapters in both history and law, he has written several books, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010), Human Rights and the Uses of History (2014) and, most recently, Christian Human Rights (2015). He is editor of the interdisciplinary journal Humanity, co-editor of Modern Intellectual History and holds editorial positions at several other publications. In 2008, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. Before joining the faculty at Harvard in 2014, Moyn was a member of the history faculty at Columbia University. Moyn received a BA from Washington University, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Balakrishnan Rajagopal is Associate Professor of Law and Development at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Founding Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Founder of the Displacement Research and Action Network. Rajagopal is recognized as a leading participant in, and founder of, Third World Approaches to International Law. He has practiced law in both India and the United States and has also worked extensively with the UN, the World Commission on Dams, and other international organizations, agencies and NGOs in advancing human rights issues. In 1997, he was awarded Cambodia’s highest civilian award for a non-national - the Royal Order of Sahametrei - by King Norodom Sihanoul in recognition of his work in that country as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He has published numerous articles in leading law journals and is the author of International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance (2003) and co-editor of Reshaping Justice: International Law and the Third World (2008). Rajagopal received an LLB from the University of Madras, India, an LLM from Washington College of Law, and an SJD from Harvard Law School.

Alvaro Santos is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches and writes in the areas of international trade, law and economic development and transnational labor law. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Comparative Law and the Law and Development Review. He is co-editor of Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin America (2013) and The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal (2006). He is also the author of a number of articles and book chapters, including "The Trouble with Identity and Progressive Origins in Defending Labour Law" in Critical Legal Perspectives on Global Governance (2014) and "Carving Out Policy Autonomy for Developing Countries in the World Trade Organization: The Experience of Brazil and Mexico," Virginia Journal of International Law (2012). Santos received a JD with high honors from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México and an LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School.

Philomila Tsoukala is Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center where her research focuses on the comparative position of family law in the political economy of liberal states, with a special emphasis on the gendered character of the legal regulation of the family and the market. She is a co-editor of the textbook Family Law: Cases and Materials (2012). Her recent law journal articles include "Household Regulation and European Integration: The Family Portrait of a Crisis," American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming), "Euro Zone Crisis Management and the New Social Europe," Columbia Journal of European Law (2013) and "Narratives of the European Crisis and the Future of (Social) Europe," Texas International Law Journal (2013). She received an LLB from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, an MA from Paris II, Pantheon-Assas and an SJD from Harvard Law School.