Staff

Alex Bell
As Program Associate for SAR’s Advocacy team, Alex oversees and coordinates advocacy for the Scholars-in-Prison Project, researches and writes reports on attacks against higher education communities for the Academic Freedom Monitoring Project and annual Free to Think report, works with

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Chelsea Blackburn Cohen
As Senior Program Officer, North America, Chelsea is responsible for research related to SAR services for network member universities, colleges, and associations, with a particular focus on North America. 

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Christopher Conlan
As Program Administrator, Chris is responsible for the financial and departmental administration within Scholars at Risk, overseeing accounting, expenses, as well as technology and facilities for the various teams in support of SAR’s global mission. Before joining SAR, Chris worked

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Clare Robinson
Clare Robinson is Advocacy Director at Scholars at Risk, where she leads SAR's efforts to identify, report on and respond to attacks on higher education communities worldwide.

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Denise Roche
Denise is Advocacy Manager at SAR Europe, leading the European Action for Academic Freedom project to expand, coordinate and support advocacy in Europe to promote academic freedom.

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Emily Moore
As Program Associate for Protection Services, Emily assesses applications for placement from potentially at-risk scholars and provides support to SAR scholars. Prior to joining SAR, she worked as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School

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Fiona Hull
Fiona Hull is a Program Assistant for Protection Services where she supports the application intake process. Prior to SAR, Fiona worked as a Program Assistant with the New University in Exile Consortium hosted at The New School. Additionally, she completed

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Jesse Levine
Jesse Levine is Senior Advocacy Officer at Scholars at Risk. Mr. Levine manages the work of SAR's  Academic Freedom Advocacy Team initiative, including the development of research and advocacy projects focusing on discrete academic freedom concerns.

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Joel Hanisek
Dr. Joel Hanisek is Policy & Programme Manager at Scholars at Risk Europe where he manages the EU-funded Inspireurope project and supports the activities of SAR sections across Europe. Joel has extensive experience with the United Nations system and was

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Joyce Pisarello
Joyce Pisarello is the Director of Membership and University Relations at Scholars at Risk. Her work involves managing network relationships, working with member institutions to promote SAR’s programming, and cultivating new institutional relationships.

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Leah Shapiro
Leah Shapiro is a Program Assistant for both the Membership and Protection Services teams, where she reviews applications from potentially at-risk scholars and communicates with universities interested in hosting them. Prior to joining SAR, Leah worked in international student services

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Leona Binz
Leona Binz is the Program Officer for Protection Services at Scholars at Risk, where she assesses applications for assistance from potentially at-risk scholars and works with scholars and universities to seek placements within the network.

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Madeline Everett
Maddie Everett is the Membership Program Assistant at Scholars at Risk. In her role, Maddie researches and supports outreach efforts to expand our network of members, ranging from universities to academic associations in the U.S. and abroad. She assists with

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Madochée Bozier
As Program Assistant for Protection Services at Scholars at Risk, Madochée assesses applications for placement from potentially at-risk scholars.

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Patrick Wall
As the Development Officer at Scholars at Risk, Patrick supports fundraising efforts through coordinating with institutional funding partners and developing relationships with individual supporters. Prior to joining SAR, Patrick worked in the Development Department at The Legal Aid Society, overseeing

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Prachi Patel
As Communications Officer, Prachi is responsible for cultivating effective internal and external communications for SAR. This includes print and electronic publications, website content and social media, general outreach to support the network and SAR programming, and media relations. Prior to

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Quinn Coleman
As the Communications and Advocacy Program Assistant at Scholars at Risk, Quinn researches and writes reports on attacks against higher education communities for the Academic Freedom Monitoring Project, runs SAR’s advocacy communications across Twitter and Facebook, conducts and enhances press

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

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Rose Anderson
Rose Anderson is Director for Protection Services at Scholars at Risk, where she oversees SAR's work assessing applications from threatened scholars and seeking placements within the SAR Network.

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Sanan Panossian
As a Program Assistant for Protection Services, Sanan supports application intake processes. Prior to joining SAR, Sanan has taught and advised international students, lectured and conducted research in peace and conflict and multicultural perspectives in academia, and managed global academic programs

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Sarah Willcox
Sarah Willcox is Deputy Director at Scholars at Risk, where she oversees SAR’s internal operations, administration, and programming, including SAR’s protection, advocacy, and membership teams.

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Sarina Rosenthal
Sarina Rosenthal is the Senior Program Officer for Protection Services at Scholars at Risk, where she assesses applications for assistance from potentially at-risk scholars and works with scholars and universities to seek placements within the network.

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Sinead O’Gorman
Sinead O’Gorman is the European Director at Scholars at Risk. Based in Ireland, Ms. O’Gorman leads the promotion of SAR's mission in Europe, through engagement with European partners to promote academic freedom and advance opportunities for at-risk scholars.

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Skylar Gleason
As a Junior Advocacy Assistant, Skylar Gleason supports the Academic Freedom Monitoring Project’s work to verify and log attacks on higher education communities around the world. Prior to her role at SAR, she served as the Liu Xiaobo Human Rights

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Starr Miller
As the Senior Development Officer at Scholars at Risk, Starr supports fundraising efforts through institutional and individual giving programs. She also serves as the board liaison and creates tailored cultivation and stewardship plans for SAR’s current and prospective donors. Prior

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