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Jacqueline Bhabha

Faculty Associate


Jacqueline Bhabha

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC is professor of the practice of health and human rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. She is the Director of Research at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard’s only university-wide human rights research center.

From 1997 to 2001 Bhabha founded and directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children’s rights and citizenship. She is the author of Can We Solve the Migration Crisis? (Polity Press, 2018) and Child Migration & Human Rights in a Global Age (Princeton University Press, 2014), the editor of Children Without A State (MIT Press, 2011), Human Rights and Adolescence (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) and co-editor of a book on reparations for state injustice, and access to higher education. Her current research focuses on the protection of refugee rights in the face of exclusion and shifting borders, and on mechanisms for strengthening pro migrant solidarity. She is actively engaged in several research projects in Greece, Mexico, Poland inter alia. Bhabha serves on the board of the Scholars at Risk Network, the World Peace Foundation, the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion and the Journal of Refugee Studies.


  • Director of Research & Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, FXB Center of for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health
  • Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University