Academics / Concentrations

Human Security

Protect and preserve human rights.

Human security draws on work in the fields of political science, economics, law, and public health to address a fundamental question: how can people protect themselves from severe challenges to their lives and livelihoods?

This concentration is only available for students enrolled in the Master of Public and International Affairs and Master of International Development programs.

Areas of Focus

  • Civil wars and protection of civilians
  • Refugees and internally displaced persons
  • Global climate change
  • Human trafficking
  • Food security
  • Governance

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Major Courses and Plans of Study

With a human security concentration, you will choose from a range of core courses tailored to you interests as well as taking a set of required degree courses. Compare the requirements for the MPIA and MID degrees with this concentration.

Expert Faculty

Work alongside faculty whose academic backgrounds, fieldwork, and research make them experts in human security. 

Taylor Seybolt

Taylor Seybolt
Associate Professor

A specialist in the issue of protecting civilians in conflict zones, Seybolt seeks to identify ways to prevent violence from resulting in mass casualties.

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Lisa S. Alfredson
International Development Program Director, Associate Professor

Alfredson’s expertise spans topics of globalization and international development, including gender violence, refugees, and children in armed conflict.

Müge Kökten Finkel

Müge Kökten Finkel
Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security, Associate Professor

An authority on gender equality, Finkel's current research focuses on politics of public sector employment and opportunities for women.