Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics & Human Rights  | c/o Harris Manchester College

Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TD, UK

Global Women's Narratives Project   |  c/o address above or USA

200 S. Ave, 66, Suite A, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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Executive Board

Dr. Melissa Rowe
Executive Board

Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson is co-chair of the Oxford Initiative and founder and executive director of the Global Women's Narratives Project. She served as UNESCO Chair for Global Humanities and Ethics from 2016-19.  She earlier served as executive director and co-chair of the board of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights. Boyd-Judson is currently writing a dissertation in the international human rights law program at the University of Oxford. For eleven years, she served as the executive director of the Institute for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Southern California, teaching in the Honors Program, the School of Religion, the School of International Relations, and the School of Journalism. She is a member of the Presidential Task Force of the Pacific Council on International Policy, serving as an observer of pre-trial hearings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Dr. Boyd-Judson is presently matriculated at New College, University of Oxford, in International Human Rights Law.

Boyd-Judson's focus is on diplomacy, ethics, religion and human rights, and international negotiation. Her first book, Strategic Moral Diplomacy: Understanding the Enemy's Moral Universe, was published in April 2011. She has published in International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, Carnegie Pew Case Studies in Ethics and Diplomacy (Georgetown University), and Leiden Journal of International Law. Boyd-Judson most recently published Women's Global Health: State Policies and International Norms, a book co-edited with Patrick James. She is currently working on a global ethics textbook.

Previous and linked affiliations include RAND, the Carter Presidential Center, the Hong Kong Legislative Council, the United States Embassy Berlin-Third Reich Document Center, the USC Center for International Studies, the Walt Disney Company Asia-Pacific, and Dow Jones News Service.


In 2015, Dr. Boyd-Judson was awarded two separate Fulbright Specialist Awards to Spain and China on strategic moral diplomacy, global ethics and the role of the university.​ In Fall 2010, she was selected as a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. She has served on the executive boards of the International Political Science Association RC 29, the International Studies Association-West, the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights, and the Women's Caucus for International Studies (ISA), of which she was chair.

Dr. Boyd-Judson has lectured on her work on strategic moral diplomacy at the US Air War College, the Council of Ministers of the European Union, the University of Oxford, the University of Madrid, the Fulbright Commission Spain, the Neimeyer Cultural Center of Spain, and the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Julia Amos is the War and Peace at Oxford Research Network Manager and a Research Associate and Steering Committee member of the Centre for International Studies at the Department of Politics and International Relations Oxford. The focus of her research is the prevention and amelioration of political violence and conflict, especially in developing countries.

She holds a doctorate in Development Studies from Oxford and an MPhil in the same subject, for which she was awarded the top distinction in 2006 and received the Eugene Havas Memorial Prize for Distinguished Performance, as well as a first in her BA (Hons) from the University of York.


Dr. Amos has traveled extensively in West Africa for her research, studying conflict affected communities first-hand. Areas of specialisation include political economy, public health, mediation, inter-group conflict, ethnicity, conflict resolution, NGOs and non-state peacebuilding organisations, human security, New Humanitarianism, traditional leadership and traditional leadership institutions.

Her current research focus is on developing a constructivist narrative approach to the mediation of armed conflict. The perspectives of ordinary people living in situations of widespread armed conflict hold the key to peace, but they are often ignored. The project aims to show how to use and re-assert their experiences and stories by transposing the insights of narrative mediation, developed for the mediation of smaller disputes, to the field of large-scale conflict. Its focus is interdisciplinary, bringing together politics, philosophy, development studies and psychology to pioneer a radical new approach to the understanding of contemporary armed conflict. It puts forward a far-reaching critique of conventional thinking about war and seeks to reinvigorate the debate about how conflict is understood, while staying grounded in the practical implications for the mediation of conflict.

Amos has presented her work at institutions including the University of Ghana, Legon, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and University of Rome La Sapienza, Public Health England and the Wellcome Trust, Nuffield College Oxford, the Royal Navy and Hudson Trust, the BCISS forum on Intelligence Analysis at the RAF Club, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Edinburgh, and the Oxford Department Of International Development.

Dr. Melissa K. Rowe is Vice President, Global Research Talent at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. Dr. Rowe leads RAND’s team of 1,500 world-class research scientists. As RAND’s principal strategic advisor on analytic capability, she cultivates interdisciplinary teams of the world’s top research talent to tackle the most complex policy problems for transformational innovation and impact.


Dr. Rowe founded the Methods Centers at Pardee RAND-- six centers of excellence encompassing methodologies such as scalable analytics and computing, decision making under uncertainty, and network analysis and systems science. She also founded and directs RAND’s Impact Lab, which seeks to extend the influence of RAND’s work.


Dr. Rowe serves as a board member and advisor for several organizations including: New Roads School, Development Partner Institute, Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics, and Space Ventures Coalition.


Dr. Rowe’s intellectual interests include human potentials, complex and adaptive systems analysis, and the implications of technology on human performance and workforce development. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA.