Mindy Jane Roseman
Lecturer on Law
Mindy Jane Roseman is the Academic Director of the Human Rights Program (HRP) and a Lecturer on Law. Roseman received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a PhD from Columbia University, in Modern European History with a focus on reproductive health. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge John F. Grady, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District, IL. Roseman was an Instructor in the Department of Population and International Health at Harvard School of Public Health, and a Senior Research Officer at the International Health and Human Rights Program, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health, where she researched and reported on a range of health and human rights issues, with special focus on reproductive and sexual rights, including HIV and AIDS, and women’s and children’s rights. Before coming to Harvard, Roseman was a staff attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, in charge of its East and Central European program.
As Academic Director, Roseman is responsible for the substantive and administrative innovation, implementation and supervision of the academic activities of HRP. She oversees the post-graduate, summer and ad-hoc fellowships, assists in the development and execution of HRP conferences, roundtables, and publications and facilitates the selection of Visiting Fellows, in addition to planning speaker series, lectures and other outreach activities.
As both a researcher and advocate, Roseman specializes in international health and human rights, particularly as they relate to gender, sexuality and reproduction. She has fostered the development of health and human rights norms, as well as their implementation, at the international and national level. She has worked with various UN agencies, as well as international and national non-governmental organizations on human rights matters in connection to HIV/AIDS, gender, sexuality and sexual practices, reproductive health, maternal health, and criminal law. Currently she is the principal investigator for an interdisciplinary and international research project on the use of criminal law to regulate sexuality, reproduction and gender.
In her capacity as a part time clinical supervisor, Roseman collaborates with local and international NGOs on submissions to UN and regional human rights bodies on the rights of LGBTQ individuals in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Iran, Japan, and Rwanda. She has also teamed with local partners to conduct human rights research and investigations into the forcible sterilization of women living with HIV in Namibia, and on access to sexual and reproductive health care (as part of access to justice) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.