Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance

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Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance

Ellen Messer

Ellen Messer is a biocultural anthropologist specializing in food, security, religion, and human rights.  She has taught anthropology of food, health, religion, human rights, and international development at George Washington University, Brandeis University, Tufts University, Brown University, Wheaton College, and Yale University.

Forced Migration

This seminar is an introduction and overview of issues in forced migration, and how humanitarian and human security issues are related to displacement. The course provides an overview of the scale, scope and causes of global displacement, theories of forced migration, the impact of forced displacement on food security, livelihoods and protection, and the ways in which displaced people, governments and the international humanitarian system have responded, at the international, national and community levels. This course is crosslisted with Fletcher (D239).

Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies

This course uses gender as a key analytical tool to examine states and societies transitioning from armed conflict or other large-scale social and political upheaval. It explores key gender dimensions of such transitions and their implications for states, societies, and citizens, including those that have moved toward more democratic forms of governance and those that transitioned (or appear to be transitioning) into more authoritarian or fundamentalist regimes.

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