lyn boyd-judson

los angeles, california | oxford, uk

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


Dr. Boyd-Judson is co-chair of the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights and executive director of the Global Women's Narratives Project, a partnership of universities, nonprofits, and governmental actors working to gather and archive women's experiences around the world in armed conflict, religion, and health. She was appointed UNESCO Chair for Global Humanities and Ethics at the University of Southern California from 2016-2019, and has developed multi-university seminars at USC, Oxford, and globally on ethics and human rights. Dr. Boyd-Judson is currently writing a dissertation in international human rights law for the University of Oxford on narrative as legal persuasion in women's human rights, specifically the challenges of trauma and complex vulnerabilities. Outside of teaching short courses at Oxford on war and peace, religion, refugee policy, and human rights, Boyd-Judson is part-time adjunct faculty in the Master of Science in Medical Narrative program at USC's Keck School of Medicine.


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. Boyd-Judson's teaching experience spans courses across USC's Honors Program, School of Journalism, the School of International Relations, and School of Religion. In 2015, Boyd-Judson was awarded two separate Fulbright Specialist Awards to Spain and China on strategic moral diplomacy, global ethics and the role of the university. In Fall 2010, she was selected as a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.


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 USC Center for International Studies. Previous research affiliations and consultancies 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, World Wide Fund Malaysia, and Dow Jones News Service.


She has served on the executive boards of the International Political Science Association RC 29, the International Studies Association-West, the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights, and the Women's Caucus for International Studies (ISA), of which she was Chair.