About the Editors
Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, under Special Envoy Bill Clinton.
Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and in Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent book is Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader. Other titles include Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, The Uses of Haiti, Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, and AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame. Dr. Farmer is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Carmel Williams, PhD, Executive Editor
Carmel Williams is a research fellow at the Centre for Development Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She completed a PhD in community health from the School of Population Health, University of Auckland in 2010. Her research was driven from fieldwork she undertook while the Executive Director of a health NGO, working throughout the Pacific region, including in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. Williams held that position for eight years after completing a Master of Arts (First Class Honors) in Development Studies. She is particularly interested in applying rights-based approaches to the design of health programs, and in conducting rights-based research on the impact of health programs.
In 2011, Williams taught a postgraduate course in health and human rights in development practice at the University of Auckland.
Jessica Moore Kaplan, Managing Director
Jessica Moore Kaplan brings online journalism, editorial production, digital content strategy, and project management skills to Health and Human Rights. She has managed large-scale projects for news organizations and media companies including PBS NewsHour, Sesame Workshop, Media Matters for America, and U.S. News and World Report, among others.
Kaplan is the recipient of a 2009 Emmy for her work on the children's educational television program Sesame Street, and is a member of the Online News Association and the International Women's Media Foundation.
Arlan Fuller, JD, Contributing Editor
FXB Center Policy Director Arlan Fuller 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, where he worked with that Taiwanese-American organization and the Taiwanese government in coordinating their legislative efforts in the U.S. Congress.
Fuller 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. He was the Legislative Assistant for international relations and trade policy to Congressman Sherrod Brown, a senior member of the House International Relations Committee. In this role, he was responsible for the Congressman’s policy campaign to increase USAID funding for anti-tuberculosis efforts as well as organizing a legislative and whipping strategy with the House Democratic Caucus on trade policy issues. Fuller also worked for Senator Edward Kennedy, serving on the Senator’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee staff, and focused on National Institutes of Health grants. He received his BA in economics from the College of the Holy Cross, and holds a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and a JD from Boston College Law School. Fuller directs the FXB Center's Haiti Child Protection Assessment project.
Evan Lyon, MD, Contributing Editor
Evan Lyon focuses on community-based approaches to HIV and TB treatment, providing primary care in resource-poor settings, and management of chronic disease using community health workers. He has worked in Haiti since 1996.
Dr. Lyon received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 2003 and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2007. He is currently a hospitalist on the faculty of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Associate Physician at the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, where he advises residents in Global Health. Between 2008 and 2009, Dr. Lyon provided medical care and advocacy for prisoners in rural Alabama. Following the Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010, he has provided direct medical care, through Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante, to patients at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince.
Beyond working to provide care in poor communities, Dr. Lyon’s research and advocacy work has focused on economic, social, and political inequality, the health consequences of war and political violence with particular emphasis on the Iraq war, the right to health, and popular, community-based responses to global health problems. Dr. Lyon's role on the journal is that of Contributing Editor, with increased focus on direct patient care and teaching in Haiti.
Jay Lemery, MD FACEP FAWM, Contributing Editor
Jay Lemery is an Assistant Professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College, and has an interest on the effects of environmental change on health and human rights. He is the Director of Cornell Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, a University-wide collaboration promoting education, research, and training in unpredictable and austere environments. He serves as a member of the Global Health Steering Committee at Weill Cornell.
Dr. Lemery is a Consultant to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Climate and Health Program, and a Visiting Scientist at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2012, he will become President of the Wilderness Medical Society.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.