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 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. Williams has taught postgraduate courses in health and human rights in development practice at the University of Auckland.
Jessica Moore Kaplan has managed editorial and production processes for HHR since 2011, drawing on experience with online journalism, editorial production, digital content strategy, and project management. 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.
FXB Center Executive 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, a Taiwanese-American organization, where he worked with the Taiwanese government in coordinating their legislative efforts in the US Congress. He 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. Mr. 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.
Fuller received his BA in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. He 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.
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. He is President of the Wilderness Medical Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.