Sarah Sewall was appointed director of the Kennedy School of Government’s (KSG) Carr Center for Human Rights Policy on Jan. 25. She began her appointment immediately and will serve through the 2006-07 academic year.
Currently a lecturer in public policy at the School and program director at the Carr Center, Sewall served as deputy assistant secretary for peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance with the U.S. Department of Defense (1993 to 1996) where she helped craft the presidential directive on U.S peacekeeping policy; oversaw the department’s participation in peace operations; and streamlined humanitarian assistance programs and U.S. military support to UN peacekeeping missions.
About Sewall, KSG Dean David T. Ellwood commented, “I am confident that under her guidance, the Carr Center will continue to thrive as a leading research hub on issues of critical importance to all the world’s citizens.”
Sewall joined the center as program director in 2000. Under her leadership, the Kennedy School has become a major force in integrating humanitarian concerns into national security issues through its innovative work with human rights and military actors. In 2005, she founded the White House Project’s Security Boot Camp for women political candidates. A Rhodes Scholar, Sewall has written on U.S. foreign policy and national security and is currently working on a book on the civilian in war.
“I look forward to helping the center and its remarkable scholars build on this success, broadening our substantive focus and deepening the impact of our work,” Sewall said.