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.
Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance
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.
The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering resulting from conflict and disasters since World War II. The humanitarian “system” is not able to cope. The recent World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) was a once in a generation opportunity to change the way in which the world addresses humanitarian crises.