Dr. Lyn 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. For eleven years, Boyd-Judson was executive director of the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and served as UNESCO Chair for Humanities and Ethics from 2016-2019. For three years, Boyd-Judson was executive director and co-chair of the board of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights. She is currently writing a dissertation at Oxford University in International Human Rights Law on the the use of women's narratives as legal persuasion in human rights law. Boyd-Judson's teaching experience spans courses at Oxford, Shanghai International Institute, the USC Honors Program, Annenberg School of Journalism, the USC School of International Relations, and the USC 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.


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 Neimyer Cultural Center of Spain, and the USC Center for International Studies. Previous research affiliations and contracts 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.


In Fall 2010, she was selected as a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. 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. In 2015, Boyd-Judson was invited to join the GTMO Presidential Task Force, a partnership of the Pacific Council on International Policy, to act as an observer at Guantanamo Bay pre-trial hearings and formulate bipartisan policy recommendations.


Dr. Boyd-Judson's research and teaching focus on diplomacy, ethics, religion and human rights, and international negotiation. Her first book, Strategic Moral Diplomacy: Understanding the Enemy's Moral Universe, was published in April 2011. 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 most recently published Women's Global Health: State Policies and International Norms, a book co-edited with Patrick James in 2014. She is currently working on a globe ethics textbook with faculty members of the Oxford Initiative, and a memoir of the Global Women's Narratives Project.