Marissa Brodney


MPA/JD candidate

Graduate Associates

Marissa Brodney is a first year joint degree candidate in Public Affairs and Law at the Woodrow Wilson School and Harvard Law School. Her academic and policy interests concern evolving forms of engagement with evolving human rights norms and institutions. Prior to studying at the Woodrow Wilson School, Marissa worked at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) where she focused on documenting human rights violations under repressive regimes and in conflict zones. Prior to joining PHR, Marissa served as an Aspen Institute Fellow at Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, where she concentrated on rights-based approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Marissa’s independent research has focused on indigenous communities’ legal battles to claim collective ownership of territory in Patagonian Argentina. Presently, as a Spring 2015 intern with UN Women, Marissa is contributing to work on gender dimensions of armed conflict, peace building, and transitional justice. At the Woodrow Wilson School, Marissa concentrates in International Relations. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Gender and Policy Network; is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA); serves as a Joint-Degree Representative on the Woodrow Wilson Action Committee; and is a member of the Princeton Figure Skating Club. As a Liman Fellow, Marissa will intern at the U.S. State Department Office of Global Criminal Justice where she will contribute to the formulation of U.S. policy on the prevention of, responses to, and accountability for mass atrocities globally.  Marissa graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Columbia University.