Elisa Massimino is the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
Before coming to Georgetown, Massimino was a senior fellow with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a practitioner-in-residence at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Previously, Massimino spent 27 years—the last decade as president and CEO—at Human Rights First, one of the nation’s leading human rights advocacy organizations.
Massimino has a distinguished record of human rights advocacy in Washington. She has testified before Congress dozens of times; writes frequently for mainstream publications and specialized journals; appears regularly in major media outlets; and speaks to audiences around the country. During her leadership at Human Rights First, the influential Washington publication The Hill consistently named her one of the most effective public advocates in the country.
Massimino is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. She holds a law degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity University. Prior to law school, Massimino taught philosophy at various colleges and universities in Michigan.
Selected Contributions to Other Publications
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"Washington’s Most Influential People," coverage in The Washingtonian, February 25, 2021, featuring Professor Rosa Brooks and Visiting Professor Elisa Massimino.
"Progressives Try to Sway Biden on Top Foreign-Policy Jobs," coverage in Foreign Policy, December 18, 2020, featuring Visiting Professor Elisa Massimino.
"A Radically (Modest) Bureaucratic Proposal to Strengthen Democracy and Human Rights at Home and Abroad," coverage in Just Security, October 30, 2020, featuring Visiting Professor Elisa Massimino.
"What Did We Learn About News & Protest in Summer 2020?," a panel hosted by George Washington University, October 8, 2020, featuring Visiting Professor Elisa Massimino.