Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Rob Grace’s research interests include the evolution and application of international laws and norms during armed conflicts, international human rights fact-finding, and the politics of humanitarian action, with a particular focus on humanitarian negotiation and humanitarian-military relations. Dr. Grace has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on the politics of international law and international humanitarian response at Brown University, Brandeis University, and the University of San Diego.
Previously, Dr. Grace was a USIP-Minerva Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace, as well as a Graduate Research Fellow and a Summer Fellow at the Harvard Program on Negotiation. He has also led or co-led policy-oriented research projects on humanitarian-military relations at the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs at Brown University. Dr. Grace’s professional experience also includes serving as Senior Associate at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where he led a multi-year research project on fact-finding related to human rights and international humanitarian law; co-hosted and produced monthly webcasts on humanitarian action; and developed e-learning modules for the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. He has also contributed to research projects at the Center for Civilians in Conflict, U.S. Institute of Peace, and Lincoln Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Grace’s research and writing has been published by the Journal of International Humanitarian Action, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, Conflict and Health, Negotiation Journal, and World Health and Population, among others. He holds a PhD in political science from Brown University, an MA in politics from New York University and a BA from Vassar College.