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.

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.”

Selected Publications:

(2017). Free speech is not enough. AAC&U, Diversity & Democracy.

(2017).  A conversation on Scholars at Risk (interview). Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Ethics Matter.

(2017, February 9). Cruelty at the border. Inside Higher Ed.

(2016, October 31). End global crisis of attacks on higher education. The Washington Post.

(2016, April 26). Academic freedom on trial in Turkey. The Washington Post.

(2016, January 25). The war on education. The Washington Post.

(2015, June 1). Can universities go global without losing their values? The British Council’s Voices Magazine.

Quinn, R. & Levine, J. (2014). Intellectual-HRDs and claims for academic freedom under human rights law. International Journal of Human Rights, 18(7-8), 898-920.

(2014, April 23).  Should an MOU on values be standard in international higher education partnerships? European Association for International Education (EAIE). 

(2013). Institutional autonomy and the protection of higher education from attack. Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack. (research supervisor and editor)

(2013, October 16). What Iran must do to protect academic freedom. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

(2012, May 7). Why help Chen Guangcheng? The Chronicle of Higher Education.

(2010). Attacks on higher education communities: A holistic, human rights approach to protection. In Protecting education from attack: A state of the art review (pp. 99-110). Paris, France: UNESCO.

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