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Brenda K. Kombo

Council Member


Sociocultural Anthropology, Legal Anthropology, Human Rights, International Law

About Brenda

Brenda is a sociocultural anthropologist and human rights lawyer with broad interests in legal anthropology, human rights, and international law. She is a research fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School. She was recently a Norbert Elias Fellow at the University of Bielefeld’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research and previously held postdoctoral fellowships at the Free State Centre for Human Rights and New York University’s Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora. These fellowships followed several years of work with non-governmental organizations in the human rights field. She also held research fellowships at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa as well as the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris through the Yale Fox International Fellow Program.


Brenda holds a PhD and MPhil in Anthropology from Yale University, JD from Northeastern University School of Law, and BA from Hampshire College.


She speaks English and has working knowledge of French.

Brenda K. Kombo
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