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Saving the World:
Does Faith-Based Humanitarian Aid Deliver Relief or Redemption?

  Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Northwestern University’s political science department. She has held visiting positions at the University of Virginia, Princeton, Arizona State, the École des hautes études, and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. In addition to various book chapters and articles, she is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations, as well as co-editor of Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age. Hurd is co-organizer of the “Politics of Religious Freedom, Contested Norms, and Local Practices,” which is a multiyear research project that examines the histories and politics of religious freedom in various contexts.


Susan Martin
Susan Martin is the Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration and the Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Previously, Martin served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, as well as Director of Research and Programs at the Washington-based Refugee Policy Group. In addition to this, Susan Martin is the author of two books, A Nation of Immigrants and Refugee Women, and coauthor of two more on international migration, along with numerous articles and book chapters on a range of topics related to humanitarian aid.

Kenneth Gavin, S.J.
Kenneth Gavin is a Roman Catholic priest, a member of the Society of Jesus, and the Rome-based Assistant International Director for the Jesuit Refugee Service. Prior to his service with JRS in Rome, Gavin was Regional Director of JRS/USA in Washington, where his work took him to places such as Colombia, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka. Before entering the humanitarian field, he earned a doctoral degree in speech pathology and taught for many years at Marquette. He subsequently went on to serve as President of his alma mater, Regis High School, here in New York City, and as Superior for the Jesuits’ New York Province.

Masood Hyder
Masood Hyder was for over 20 years a senior officer of the UN World food Program. He is now a consultant for the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. His decades of service have enabled him to become closely engaged with on-the-ground humanitarian activities in places as diverse as Sudan, Bangladesh, Iran, Indonesia and Djibouti. From 2000 to 2004, Hyder lived in North Korea as resident representative for the UN Development Programme. In recent years he has taught at Syracuse University and has written extensively on the conversions of diplomacy and humanitarian work.

David Rieff
David Rieff is a writer and critic who has explored a range of issues related to international conflict and humanitarianism. Rieff is the editor of two books and the author of eight, including A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis, a study that explores the limitations of humanitarian aid in advancing peace, human rights, and social justice. Rieff has also been a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute, a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Board member of Human Rights Watch and of the Central Eurasia Project at the Open Society Institute.

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