Dr. Sarah Chynoweth works at the interface of research, policy, and practice in humanitarian affairs and human rights, and has pioneered research and fact-finding missions on reproductive health, sexual violence, and accountability in conflict and disaster settings. She focuses on emerging and under-investigated areas in the humanitarian sector, specifically sexual victimization of men and boys, LGBTQ+ issues, and informal approaches to accountability.

Sarah spearheaded and currently leads the Sexual Violence Project at the Women's Refugee Commission. She is also a Research Fellow at the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University and an Adjunct Lecturer in Health, Rights and Development at the University of New South Wales. In 2016, she led a multi-country study on refugee men and boys in the Syria crisis for UNHCR.

Read her article in The Guardian on her work in the Syrian conflict and her NYT Letter to the Editor on the impact of the Trump Administration's revised travel ban on LGBTQ+ refugees.

Sarah writes science fiction in her spare time.

field experience

Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Romania, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Tibet, Timor Leste, Vietnam

guest lecturing

Boston University, Columbia University, Harvard University, New College, New York University, Stanford University, University of Denver, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, UCSF, University of New South Wales