CEO and Co-Chair, Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights

Executive Director, Global Women's Narratives Project

Nongovernmental Observer, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

UNESCO Chair on Global Humanities and Ethics, 2016-2019

Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow, Alumna

PhD, University of Southern California, International Relations

MSt, University of Oxford, International Human Rights Law

BA, Furman University, Religious Studies


Dr. Boyd-Judson is CEO and co-chair of the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights and executive director of the Initiative's Global Women's Narratives Project. She served as executive director of the University of Southern California's Institute for Humanities and Ethics for over eleven years, where she taught across the Schools of International Relations, Religion, and Journalism.  From 2016 to 2019, she directed the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights and held the UNESCO Chair for Global Humanities and Ethics. In 2020 she completed a thesis for the University of Oxford's Master's Programme in International Human Rights Law. Focused on the right to mental health for women survivors of violence, her research critiques the legal protections and procedures provided by States, specifically the challenges of trauma and complex vulnerabilities that contribute to the under-reporting and under-servicing of women's mental health challenges.


She has created multi-university seminars on ethics and human rights in Oxford, Northern Ireland, Greece, Geneva, Hong Kong, Egypt, Turkey, and South Africa. Alongside co-teaching short courses at Oxford on war, peace, and human rights, Boyd-Judson teaches narrative ethics in the Narrative Medicine MS program at USC's School of Medicine.


Boyd-Judson founded the Global Women's Narratives Project in 2016 as part of her UNESCO Chair and co-founded the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights in 2018 with Dr. Julia Amos (Oxford) and Dr. Melissa Rowe (RAND). The Initiative is a nonprofit partnership of universities, institutes, nongovernmental organizations, and governmental actors, working to build and support projects for the greater good. The flagship project of the Initiative is the Global Women's Narratives Project, a partner of Oxford Global PeaceTech. Guided by our advisory board, we are interviewing and archiving women's experiences worldwide on themes of armed conflict, religion, health, identity, gendered violence, and life's work.


Boyd-Judson has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California and has studied previously at Vanderbilt University (MA program in religion) as well as participating in summer professional programs at Ohio State University (political psychology), London School of Economics, and the Hague Academy of International Law.

Boyd-Judson's books include Strategic Moral Diplomacy: Understanding the Enemy's Moral Universe (2011) and Women's Global Health: State Policies and International Norms (2014) with Patrick James. She has published in International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, Carnegie Pew Case Studies in Ethics and Diplomacy (Georgetown University), and Leiden Journal of International Law. Her current book project is a human rights critique of the gender gap in mental health protections for women survivors of violence told through the lens of the women's narrative project.

She is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, serving as an observer of pre-trial hearings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.​ In Fall 2010, she was selected as a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. In 2015, she was awarded two separate Fulbright Awards to Spain and China on strategic moral diplomacy, global ethics, and the role of the university. Previous affiliations include RAND, the Carter Presidential Center, the Hong Kong Legislative Council, the United States Embassy Berlin-Third Reich Document Center, the USC Center for International Studies, the Walt Disney Company Asia-Pacific, and Dow Jones News Service.

Boyd-Judson has lectured on her work on strategic moral diplomacy at the US Air War College, the Council of Ministers of the European Union, the University of Oxford, the University of Madrid, the Fulbright Commission Spain, the Neimeyer Cultural Center of Spain, and the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California. She has served on the executive boards of the International Political Science Association RC 29, the International Studies Association-West, and chaired the Women's Caucus for International Studies (ISA).

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