Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson is UNESCO Chair for Global Humanities and Ethics Education, director of the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and executive director of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights. Her teaching experience spans courses at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, the USC School of International Relations, the USC School of Religion, and the Thematic Option Honors Program. Previous research affiliations include RAND, the Carter Presidential Center, the Hong Kong Legislative Council, the United States Embassy Berlin-Third Reich Document Center, the USC Center for International Studies, the Walt Disney Company Asia-Pacific, and the Dow Jones News Service. In 2015, Boyd-Judson was awarded two separate Fulbright Specialist Awards to Spain and China on strategic moral diplomacy, global ethics and the role of the university.
Boyd-Judson’s research and teaching focus on diplomacy, ethics, religion and human rights, and international negotiation. Her first book, Strategic Moral Diplomacy: Understanding the Enemy’s Moral Universe, was published in April 2011. She has published in International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, Carnegie Pew Case Studies in Ethics and Diplomacy (Georgetown University), and Leiden Journal of International Law. Boyd-Judson most recently published Women’s Global Health: State Policies and International Norms, a book co-edited with Patrick James.
Boyd-Judson is a University Fellow at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the USC Center for Public Diplomacy, faculty advisor for the Shoah Foundation Institute and the USC Journal of Law and Society, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In Fall 2010, she was selected as a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. She has served on the executive boards of the International Political Science Association RC 29, the International Studies Association-West, and the Women’s Caucus for International Studies (ISA), of which she was a Chair. In 2015, Boyd-Judson was invited to join the GTMO Presidential Task Force, a partnership of the Pacific Council on International Policy for formulating bipartisan policy recommendations on Guantanamo. She has twice served as an observer at pre-trial hearings at GTMO.
Boyd-Judson has lectured on her work on strategic moral diplomacy at the University of Oxford, the US Air War College, the Council of Ministers of the European Union, the University of Madrid, the Fulbright Commission Spain, the Niemeyer Cultural Center of Spain, and the USC Center for International Studies. She has lectured on her work on women, war, and religion at Georgetown University and the University of Oxford. Her current research considers cross-cultural perspectives on the role of the university in global ethics, which will be published as a chapter in Global Ethics: Politics, Institutions and Policies (forthcoming, 2017). She is currently pursuing a masters degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.
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