Elisa Massimino is Visiting Professor of Law and Executive Director of Georgetown’s Human Rights Institute. She also serves as a non-resident senior fellow in national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress.
Massimino joined the Georgetown faculty in 2019 as the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights. 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; Washingtonian magazine has repeatedly named her one of D.C.’s most influential people in foreign policy.
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
"Secretary Mayorkas Announces Establishment of Homeland Intelligence Experts Group," coverage in U.S. Department of Homeland Security, September 19, 2023, featuring Visiting Professor Elisa Massimino.
"Guantanamo has become America’s cage," an opinion piece by Visiting Professor Elisa Massimino, on CNN, October 4, 2022.
"Washington DC’s 500 Most Influential People," coverage in the Washingtonian, May 3, 2022, featuring Professor Rosa Brooks, Professor Paul Butler, Professor Sheryll Cashin, Professor David Cole, Professor Lawrence Gostin, and Visiting Professor Elisa Massimino.
"Washington’s Most Influential People," coverage in The Washingtonian, February 25, 2021, featuring Professor Rosa Brooks and Visiting Professor Elisa Massimino.