Human Security Fellows

Bretton James McEvoy

Bretton James McEvoy is a PhD Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His dissertation examines the legacies of un-reconciled violence that continue to shape social conflict in more “peaceful” societies, critically engaging white-dominated anti-racist projects that aim to take greater responsibility for transforming the structures that perpetuate racialized violence and inequality in the United States. He concurrently consults with Promundo, a global leader in engaging men and boys for gender equality, on a project that aims to raise critical consciousness and promote accountable action amongst young men in predominantly white and class-advantaged U.S. communities. Previously, he has worked in several capacities in humanitarian assistance and human rights, having managed humanitarian programs in a number of disaster, conflict and post-crisis environments.

Disrupting Whiteness: Racism and Justice in the United States


Benjamin Spatz

Bullets, Banks and Borders: How Targeted Sanctions Alter the Domestic Balance of Political Power in Sanctioned States



Sarah Detzner

Sarah Detzner is a Ph.D. candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her research is focused on international security, particularly post-conflict stabilization/reconstruction and security sector reform. In addition, she serves as director of the Fletcher Graduate Writing Program, as a Fares Center Fellow, and as a consultant for the World Peace Foundation. Previously, she served in the Obama Administration as a speechwriter for former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, campaigned as an Obama 2008 staffer, and worked with the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C., Lebanon, and Jordan.
Evaluating the relationship between high levels of popular participation and high levels of security sector reform (SSR) progress


Phoebe Donnelly

Phoebe Donnelly is a PhD Candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a researcher on gender and conflict. Phoebe is a Visiting Fellow at Feinstein International Center where she is one of the lead researchers on project funded by the Government of Norway on the sexual assault of aid workers. She also lectures and teaches both at the graduate level at The Fletcher School and at the undergraduate level at Tufts University.

How do the attitudes and behavior of a non-state armed organizations (NSAO) towards women and girls relate to the NSAO’s broad strategy?


Roxanne Krystalli

Roxanne Krystalli is the Humanitarian Evidence Program Manager at Feinstein International Center. In this role, she manages a DFID-funded partnership between Oxfam and the Feinstein International Center to synthesize evidence-based humanitarian research and communicate the findings to decision-makers, with the ultimate goal of improving the use of research in humanitarian policy and practice. She also co-manages, alongside Kim Wilson, a study on refugee experiences in Greece, Jordan, Turkey, and Denmark, and collaborates on Lean Research, an initiative on rigorous, relevant, respectful research in vulnerable settings. In the past, Roxanne has worked as a researcher and practitioner at the intersection of gender and armed conflict, with a particular focus on understanding the needs of victims of violence and the experiences of former combatants. She has collaborated with various UN agencies and international organizations, including the UN Bureau of Crisis Response and Prevention, UNDP, UN Women, UNICEF, IOM, and the Norwegian Refugee Council. Roxanne has worked with community-based groups in Egypt, Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and other areas. Her published work has appeared in The Washington Post, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, open Democracy, The Conversation, and elsewhere. For her work, Roxanne has been recognized as a P.E.O. International Peace Scholar, Ogunte Featured Social Innovator, Social Science Research Council fellow, and as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Service at Tufts University. Roxanne holds a BA from Harvard College, an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and is pursuing a PhD on the politics of victimhood in Colombia at The Fletcher School.

We are not good victims: Hierarchies of Suffering and the Politics of Victimhood in Colombia


Ana de Alba

Ana de Alba is a PhD Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, at Tufts University. She has experience in public policy design, implementation and evaluation; social entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships. Her research interests include subnational political economy and behavioral economics.

Welfare Implications of Changing Political Equilibria: Assessing the Impact of Decentralization on Poverty Levels in Mexico