Visiting Fellow, April 2007 to March 2008
Linda Rabben spent time at the Centre whilst doing research in Britain for a book on asylum that will span many societies and thousands of years of human history. Active in social and political movements for more than 25 years, she has studied, written about and worked on human rights, development and environmental issues in the United States and other countries as a researcher, analyst, campaigner and adviser. Her professional experience includes work for international nongovernmental organisations, magazines and newspapers, public radio and universities. Currently she is a developmental editor at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC.
Dr Rabben has done extensive field research in Brazil and received a PhD in anthropology and Latin American studies from Cornell University. After working as a researcher at Amnesty International in London in 1990-91, she was AIUSA's Brazil country specialist for a decade. As an Amnesty representative, she investigated the Candelaria street children's massacre and other human rights violations in Brazil. She has also worked on immigration, asylum and refugee issues and cases in the United States as an Amnesty volunteer.
Her most recent book project was translating and editing Walking the Forest with Chico Mendes, a memoir of the Brazilian rubber tapper leader that will be published by the University of Texas Press in August 2007. Her other books include Brazil's Indians and the Onslaught of Civilization (2004) and Fierce Legion of Friends: A History of Human Rights Campaigns and Campaigners (2002).
Dr Rabben has given presentations about her books and related subjects to many groups in the United States, Britain, Europe and Brazil. She has also served on the American Anthropological Association's Committee for Human Rights, the Brazilian Studies Association's executive committee and its human rights task force, and the Academic Freedom and Human Rights Committee of the Latin American Studies Association.