Robert Quinn

Posted April 15, 2016


Robert Quinn is the founding Executive Director of the Scholars at Risk Network, an independent not-for-profit corporation based at New York University.

He is the author of, among others, Free speech is not enough, in AAC&U, Diversity & Democracy, forthcoming, summer 2017; Pro-values norms and cultures: A vaccine against corruption?, IAU  Horizons, 22.1, May 2017; Cruelty at the Border, Inside Higher Ed, February 9, 2017; End global crisis of attacks on higher education, The Washington Post, October 31, 2016; The War on Education, The Washington Post, January 25, 2016; with Jesse Levine, Intellectual-HRDs  and Claims for Academic Freedom under Human Rights Law, Int’l J. H.Rts., Vol 18, Issue 7-8, pp. 898 – 920 (2014); Institutional Autonomy and the Protection of Higher Education from Attack: A research study of the Higher Education Working Group of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, December 2013 (research supervisor and editor); and Attacks on Higher Education Communities:  A holistic, human rights approach to protection, in Protecting Education from Attack:  A State of the Art Review, UNESCO (2010).

Mr. Quinn formerly served as a member of the Council of the Magna Charta Observatory, based in Bologna, Italy; Executive Director of the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund; on the Steering Committee of the Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR), based in London, UK; a member of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a member of the Scientific Committee of Pax Academica, an online journal on academic freedom in Africa published by CODESRIA from Dakar, Senegal; a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program in Washington, DC. He received an A.B. cum laude from Princeton in 1988, a J.D. cum laude from Fordham in 1994, and an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010. In 2012, Mr. Quinn and Scholars at Risk received the University of Oslo’s human rights award, the Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize, for “relentless work to protect the human rights of academics and for having inspired and engaged others to stress the importance of academic freedom.”


Title Executive Director
In People Roles: Staff