Our approach is characterized by cross-jurisdictional collaborations between scholars, practitioners, and organizers in “orient-do-learn-do” cycles.
It is guided by key principles and ethics with the goal of making knowledge accessible and actionable for directly-impacted communities and policymakers in general, with the goal of utilizing research toward real-world impact in support of those with direct experience with the carceral system. Read below to meet some of our collaborating scholars, practitioners, and organizers.
Danielle Allen, PhD
James Bryant Conant University Professor, Harvard University
Nien-he Hsieh, MPhil, PhD
Acting Director (2021-2022 Academic Year), Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University
Hsieh’s research concerns ethical issues in business and the responsibilities of global business leaders. Professor Hsieh teaches Leadership and Corporate Accountability to first-year MBA students and to Executive Education participants in the Program for Leadership Development. He joined the faculty from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an associate professor of legal studies and business ethics and served as co-director of the Wharton Ethics Program.
CEO, New America
Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH
Dean, Brown University School of Public Health
A practicing physician, Jha is recognized globally as an expert on pandemic preparedness and response as well as on health policy research and practice. He has led groundbreaking research around Ebola and is now on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, leading national and international analysis of key issues and advising state and federal policy makers.
Professor of the Practice | Director of Content & Strategy, Brown School of Public Health
Friedhoff has worked as a foreign correspondent, feature writer, editor and photographer on three continents. A German-American journalist, content strategist and educator with 25+ years of experience in international media and higher education, she is an expert at creating innovative approaches to research and audience engagement on health, science, technology, education, and the information needs of democracies.
Director, Justice, Health & Democracy Impact Initiative, New America
Jonathan Hack, PhD
Director of Content & Strategy, JHD Impact Initiative, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Prior to joining the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Hack held various positions in the higher education think-space. Most recently, serving as a faculty member at Lehigh University, teaching courses on American politics and constitutional law.
Executive Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Miner is the Executive Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Edmond J. Safra Research Director, ex officio. As Executive Director, Jess is responsible for the center’s research agenda as well as oversight of the team managing the Center’s fellowships and programs. She oversees the development and expansion of our initiatives, including the Innovation in Ethics Education Initiative and the Emergent Trends in Teaching and Learning Ethics at Harvard (ETTLE, part of the National Ethics Project). As our chief administrator, Jess also has oversight of the team responsible for the organization and day-to-day management of all Center activities, including budget planning and financial administration, staff and human resources management, and creation and execution of our staffing plan.
Assistant Director of Communications and Development, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Gates is the Assistant Director of Communications and Development at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, which means she manages and executes the overall communications strategy and manages the Center’s fundraising infrastructure for the Director. She was the project manager for the Justice, Health, and Democracy Project on public health paradigms for drug control and criminal justice reform from 2016-2020.
Meg Foley Yoder
JHD Communications Associate, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Meg joined the Justice, Health, and Democracy Impact Initiative in March of 2022. As Communications Associate, she is responsible for making JHD’s academic expertise in the social sciences and humanities accessible to scholars and practitioners in real time via a variety of digital and print media.
Prior to joining the team of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Meg was the Student Communications Coordinator for the George Mason University College of Education and Human Development in Fairfax, Virginia. In this role, her work focused on current student and curricular affairs communications with the goal of increasing student retention, policy awareness, and sense of belonging. Meg has also served military families as the U.S. Navy Region Korea Ombudsman. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education from the University of Notre Dame.
In her free time, Meg enjoys reading history, watercolor painting, following F1 racing, and spending time with family.
Program Associate, Justice, Health & Democracy Impact Initiative, New America
Alexandra Hohenlohe is a Program Associate at both the JHD Impact Initiative and New America’s Public Interest Technology program. In her role at JHD, she helps manage key relationships with mayoral teams, local leaders, and other stakeholders in the initiative’s network.
Research Associate, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Anna works on the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomic technologies. She comes to this work from a background as a scientist and a practitioner in the genetics industry. The project she leads as part of the Justice, Health and Democracy initiative at the E J Safra Center is on the use of population and ancestry categories across disciplines. The project is motivated by the increasing relevance of the categories of the geneticist to medicine, public health, and beyond. It is also motivated by the sensitivity of polygenic risk scores — which combine the many small effects of genetic variants to a trait of interest — to details of the groups used to train and validate them.
Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Levinson’s areas of research include civic education, racial justice, and educational ethics. She is currently working to start a global field of educational ethics, modeled after bioethics, that is philosophically rigorous, disciplinarily and experientially inclusive, and both relevant to and informed by educational policy and practice. Like many people, Meira has focused much of her work on COVID over the past year.
Guido Calabresi Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Founding Director, Center for the Study of Private Law, Yale Law School
Markovits publishes widely and in a range of disciplines, including contract law, legal theory, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics. His writings have appeared in Science, The American Economic Review, and The Yale Law Journal.
Doctoral Research Assistant, Justice, Health, and Democracy Impact Initiative
Jones (he/his) is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has committed his career to scaling innovations aimed at improving the health of marginalized populations. Before Harvard Chan, Griffin served as the Interim Director of Strategic Investment at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), leading programs targeting the Commonwealth’s most intractable health care cost challenges.
Natalie Kofler, MS, PhD
Founder, Editing Nature
Senior Advisor, Scientific Citizenship Initiative
Kofler is a trained molecular biologist who now works at the intersection of science and society. Her work is fueled by a desire to transform scientific culture and make science more representative of the communities it’s meant to serve. Towards this goal, she focuses on improving scientific training and curriculum, cultivating public dialogue and engagement, and creating more just and rigorous decision-making processes to steer responsible development of emerging technologies.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Technology and Democracy, Carr Center for Human Rights and Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Simons is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Technology and Democracy at the Carr Center for Human Rights and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University. Josh’s first book, Citizen Rule: How to Make Machine Learning Work For Us, is due in Summer 2022, based on his PhD dissertation in political theory which received the American Political Science Association (APSA) prize in Information Technology and Politics. His research explores the political character of predictive tools like AI and machine learning and how those tools should be governed to support the flourishing of democracy.
David J. Knight
Co-Convener and Doctoral Research Assistant, Justice, Health & Democracy Justice Network
Knight is co-lead of the justice work stream in the Justice, Health, and Democracy (JHD) Impact Initiative. He also co-convenes JHD’s Justice Network composed of leading scholars, advocates and practitioners who work on matters of justice in the United States. David is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Chicago (PhD expected June 2022).
Doctoral Research Assistant, Justice, Health, and Democracy Impact Initiative
Barsky is a lawyer and Ph.D. student in health policy at Harvard University. He is also Legal Research Fellow at the Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Ben researches in the areas of health law and justice, mental health policy, and disability rights. Before pursuing his doctoral studies, Ben clerked for a federal judge in Memphis, Tennessee, and occupied various positions in law and mental health policy.
JHD Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Tony Guidotti is a JHD Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. His research explores how economic dignity and security impacts the health of democratic institutions and how community wealth building as a policy paradigm provides opportunities for local institutions. Tony received his Master of Global Affairs from the University of Notre Dame in 2020. He has served as a Research Partner for Catholic Relief Services in Bangladesh and Uganda, studying how humanitarian cash transfers could be used to improve refugee financial inclusion, and as a Livelihood Consultant with Food for the Poor in Honduras. Most recently, Tony was an Innovation Fellow with enFocus, partnering with civic institutions to design community-centric policy solutions. Tony enjoys board games, reading, and loudly supporting the Minnesota Vikings and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football teams.