Associate Fellows and Senior Scholars
Scroll to: Salvatore Babones · Ajamu Baraka · Beverly Bell · Ron Carver · Steve Cobble · Antonia Juhasz · Scott Klinger · David Korten · Carl LeVan · Bob Lord · Firoze Manji · Lael Parish · Sam Pizzigati · Oscar Reyes · Caleb Rossiter · Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou · Adil E. Shamoo
Salvatore Babones is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He holds both a master's degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to Australia in 2008, he worked in financial risk management and taught sociology and statistics at several U.S. universities. His academic research focuses on income inequality, economic development, and statistical methods for comparative social science research. He writes a weekly column for the Inequality.org website and contributes to progressive websites and newsletters across America. Read about his upcoming book on the American economy, Benchmarking America, at BenchmarkingAmerica.com and visit his personal website, SalvatoreBabones.com. Dr. Babones welcomes e-mail and is always happy to contribute opinions and expertise to a good cause.
Ajamu Baraka was the Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) from July 2004 until June 2011. The USHRN became the first domestic human rights formation in the United States explicitly committed to the application of international human rights standards to the U.S. Under Baraka, the Network grew exponentially from a core membership base of 60 organizations to more than 300 U.S. - based member organizations and 1,500 individual members who work on the full spectrum of human rights issues in the United States.
Baraka has also served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He is currently on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights.
Baraka has taught political science at various universities, including Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College. He has been a guest lecturer at academic institutions throughout the U.S., and has authored several articles on international human rights.
Baraka is currently editing “The Struggle Must be for Human Rights: Voices from the Field,” forthcoming in the fall of 2012. His website is www.ajamubaraka.com
Beverly Bell is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and the founder of Other Worlds and more than a dozen international organizations and networks. Beverly has worked for more than three decades as an organizer, advocate, and writer in collaboration with social movements in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the U.S. Her focus areas are just economies; democratic participation; and rights for women, indigenous peoples, and other excluded peoples.
In addition to hundreds of articles, reports, and book chapters, Beverly authored Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance, which won the PEN-New Mexico Award for the Literature of Social Justice, and Birthing Justice: Women Creating Social and Economic Alternatives. A new book, Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti's New Divide and is forthcoming in 2012.
Associate Fellow of Global Economy
Silver Spring, MD
Ron Carver helps coordinate our broad coalition effort to stop North American mining corporations from using investor-state lawsuits to force the government of El Salvador to permit new mines—and threaten its primary water supply.
The day after he graduated high school Carver joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, working first in SNCC’s Atlanta Communications Department and later in rural Mississippi.
Supporting the American GI resistance during the Vietnam War; halting the slaughter of dolphins by the tuna industry; fighting the senseless shutdowns of paper mill, cutting tool, microwave oven and auto factories; winning relief and a labor agreement for truck drivers abducted while fighting to form a union in Mumbai—and compensation for Chinese workers beaten for “stepping out of the lunch line;” seeking justice for a colleague assassinated in El Salvador; advocating for farm workers poisoned by green tobacco disease in North Carolina…these are some of the causes Carver has championed, the successful campaigns he has designed and directed.
He founded and directed the Teamsters’ Office of Strategic Campaigns under the union’s first reform president and has served as a special advisor to UAW President Bob King and FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez.
An accomplished photographer, Carver’s work documenting the human faces of these struggles has recently been exhibited in Himeji, Japan, Mexico City, and galleries in the United States.
1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC, 20036
Steve Cobble is an associate fellow at IPS, a co-founder of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), and a co-founder of the web site www.afterdowningstreet.org.
Antonia Juhasz is a leading oil and energy expert. She is a Fellow of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Juhasz is the author of three books: Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill (2011), The Tyranny of Oil (2008), and The Bush Agenda (2006). Her writing has also appeared in numerous publications, most recently in Rolling Stone.com (Big Oil’s Big Lies About Alternatives), The Atlantic (“The New War for Afghanistan’s Untapped Oil”), Harper’s Magazine (“Light, Sweet, Crude”), and CNN.com (“Why the Iraq War was Fought for Big Oil”), and, among others, in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Petroleum Review Magazine, The Nation and The Progressive.
Juhasz is a frequent media commentator, appearing regularly on TV and radio, including on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Diane Rehm Show, and Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, among many others.
Juhasz is a reporter with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, an associate fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies, and a senior policy analyst for Foreign Policy In Focus. She is on the National Advisory Committee of Iraq Veterans Against the War and on the Board of Directors of Coffee Strong. Juhasz founded the Energy Program at Global Exchange and directed it from 2009 to 2011. She previously worked at the International Forum on Globalization and served as a Legislative Assistant to two US Members of Congress. Juhasz holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelors Degree in Public Policy from Brown University.
Scott Klinger is an Associate Fellow who has worked with the Project on Inequality and has co-authored reports on corporate tax dodging. He has also contributed to IPS's annual Executive Excess reports.
Scott has worked in varied aspects of the corporate social responsibility movement for 25 years. He began his career as a securities analyst and portfolio manager, earning a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter. He went on to work in the advocacy community as Co-Director of Responsible Wealth, a network of high net worth individuals who together worked for greater economic equality, including preserving the estate tax and controlling excessive executive pay. He assisted Responsible Wealth members in filing more than 100 shareholder resolutions and co-led an innovative cross-class partnership between members of Responsible Wealth and members of ACORN to address pernicous predatory lending practices. He was also Director of Research for Corporate Accountability International and Director of Corporate Engagement for First Peoples Worldwide, an organization that supports the rights of Indigenous Peoples throughout the world.
David Korten, is the author of the international bestsellers When Corporations Rule the World; The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism, Globalizing Civil Society, Getting to the 21st Century: Voluntary Action and the Global Agenda, The Great Turning, and, most recently, Agenda For A New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth.
He holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford Business School and has thirty years of experience as a development worker in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He co-founded and is board chair of the Positive Futures Network, which publishes YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, and is founder and president of the Living Economies Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, and a member of the Club of Rome.
Carl LeVan is an Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He joined IPS as an associate fellow in 2012 to do research on US security policy towards Africa. His articles have appeared in Governance, Africa Today, Democratization, and a forthcoming study on dictatorships will appear in Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics.
He previously worked as legislative director for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, and then as the National Democratic Institute’s first Country Director in Nigeria.
In 2005 he published In Democracy’s Shadow: the Secret World of National Security with IPS co-founder Marcus Raskin while serving as a Melman Fellow. He just finished a book manuscript on Nigerian government performance, and he publishes the blog Development4Security at carllevan.com.
Bob Lord, a tax lawyer and former Congressional candidate, is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Bob previously served as an adjunct faculty member at the Arizona State University School of Law. Bob’s work focuses on the relationship of tax law to inequality. He contributes to both the Inequality.org website and to OtherWords, the Institute's national syndicated editorial service. Bob also is a staff member at Blog For Arizona, the leading political blog in Arizona.
Firoze Manji, a Kenyan, is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Pambazuka News, (www.pambazuka.org) and Pambazuka Press (www.pambazukapress.org). He was the founder and former executive director (1997-2010) of Fahamu – Networks for Social Justice (www.fahamu.org). He has published widely on health, social policy, human rights and political sciences, and authored and edited a wide range of books on social justice in Africa, including on women’s rights, trade justice, on China’s role in Africa and on the recent uprisings in Africa. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and is Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.
Lael Parish is the project director of Promoting Resource Rights in the Global Economy at the Institute for Policy Studies. The project promotes the rights of people and communities over their own natural resources, and supports efforts to change global economic institutions that currently favor transnational corporations in resource conflicts.
3213 Fayette Road
Kensington, MD, 20895
Veteran labor journalist and Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, a weekly newsletter on excess and inequality. He also contributes a weekly column to OtherWords, the Institute's national non-profit editorial service. His latest book is The Rich Don’t Always Win. Pizzigati lives in Kensington, Maryland.
IPS associate fellow Oscar Reyes is a writer and activist focussing on climate and energy finance. His recent work includes Power to the People?, which takes a critical look at the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund, and the co-authored Carbon Trading: how it works and why it fails. He provides research and advice on the economics and politics of climate change to various organisations, including Corporate Europe Observatory, Earthlife Africa and Friends of the Earth UK. He is also environment editor of Red Pepper, a magazine that he previously edited.
Prior to becoming an associate fellow, Oscar was a researcher with Carbon Trade Watch, the Environmental Justice project of the Transnational Institute (TNI), TNI Communications Officer, lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of East London, lecturer in European Politics at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and co-presenter/producer of a weekly radio show on London’s Resonance FM.
He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Somerville College, Oxford University and a Masters in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex.
Caleb Stewart Rossiter is a progressive activist who has spent four decades fighting against the U.S. foreign policy of supporting repressive governments in the formerly colonized countries. He is currently the co-director of the American Exceptionalism Media Project, which he founded in 2012 with activist and educator Raed Jarrar. This project uses web-based materials to discredit pro-imperial propaganda that is directed at young Americans.
Rossiter has been based in Washington since 1981. He worked on the congressional staff of the Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus in the 1980’s (on efforts to end wars in Central America and Africa) and of Representative Bill Delahunt from 2007 to 2009 (on efforts to end wars in the Middle East). In the 1990’s he founded and directed the research and advocacy group Demilitarization for Democracy, where he helped initiate and guide the “no arms to dictators” Arms Trade Code of Conduct. In the early 2000’s he was a consultant to the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, where he researched military issues for efforts to ban anti-personnel landmines and reduce the civilian toll of anti-vehicle mines and cluster bombs.
You can visit his website at www.calebrossiter.com
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is an author, documentary filmmaker, public intellectual, organizer, pastor and theologian. Considered one of the foremost religious leaders of his generation, Rev. Sekou is the founding Senior Minister, The Freedom Church of New York City. He, recently published a collection of writings, Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Race, Religion, and the Future of Democracy.
Rev. Sekou has given over 1000 lectures throughout the country and abroad, including Harvard Divinity School, Princeton University, University of Virginia, and the University of Paris IV- La Sorbonne, and Vanderbilt University for the African American Lectionary Conference. He has studied continental philosophy at the New School, systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary, and is currently studying religion at Harvard University. Rev Sekou is a contributing editor of The Fellowship Magazine. He was also a Freeman Fellow with the historic Fellowship of Reconciliation.
108 N. Greene Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201
Adil E. Shamoo, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, is an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and a Foreign Policy In Focus senior analyst. He is the author of: Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace.
Shamoo has written and edited 16 books on science and bioethics and his op-eds have run in many newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor and The Baltimore Sun. Shamoo was born in Baghdad, Iraq and obtained his BSc at University of Baghdad, an MSc at University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. You can read his writings on: www.forwarorpeace.com