Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Faculty Directors

Charlotte Walker-Said

Charlotte Walker-Said is a scholar of human rights, religion, and law in modern Africa. A historian by training, she has co-authored a book on the human rights challenges of businesses in sub-Saharan Africa entitled, Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and a book on the history of religious influence in cultural and legal transformation in colonial Africa, entitled, Faith, Power & Family: Christianity and Social Change in French Cameroon (James Currey, 2018). She has authored numerous other articles and book chapters on human rights, religion, immigration, business, and law in Africa and her current research examines human rights in a number of challenging domains in Africa, including immigration and investment policy. She received her PhD from Yale University in 2010 and her AB from Princeton University in 2003.

Heath Brown

Heath Brown is Associate Professor of Public Policy at John Jay College Criminal Justice University of New York, and the CUNY Graduate Center. He has worked at the US Congressional Budget Office as a Research Fellow, at the American Bus Association as a Policy Assistant, and at the Council of Graduate Schools as Research and Policy Director. He is the author of four books, including his latest, Immigrants and Electoral Politics: Nonprofit Advocacy in a Time of Demographic Change which was published by Cornell University Press in 2016. He has written for The Atlantic, American Prospect, and the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. He is currently working on a project on conservative policy making since the 1970s in the United States, especially the impact of demographic change on participation in choice-based policies. This will be the basis of his work during his ARC visit. He serves on the Executive Board of the American Political Science Association - Political Organizations and Parties (POP) Section, is reviews editor of Interest Groups and Advocacy, and is the co-lead of the New York City chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network.

Administrative Leads

Roblin Meeks

Roblin Meeks

Dr. Roblin Meeks joined John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2014 as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and now serves as Interim Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. As Interim Associate Provost, Dr. Meeks oversees units designed to cultivate inventive academic programming, including John Jay Online and Professional Studies. Prior to John Jay, Dr. Meeks was Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs for the School of Arts & Sciences at Hunter College, and he has also held faculty and administrative positions at Harvard University and Princeton University. His research concerns the philosophical and psychological structure of self-identification, or the ways in which we think about and ascribe mental and bodily states to ourselves and others, and how self-identification is implicated in the sense of bodily ownership and self-recognition in humans and non-human animals.

Gayetri NandaGayetri Nanda

Gayetri Nanda serves as the Associate Director for the Moelis Social Entrepreneurship program within the Office of Strategic Initiatives at John Jay. As the operations lead, she oversees program administration, marketing initiatives, curriculum framework, and student advisement. Gayetri comes from a strong background in program management and data management with a passion for social value and continuous learning. She holds a Masters of Public Administration and has prior experience working as a Program Specialist for the Online Department at John Jay College. Previously, Gayetri worked at JPMorgan Chase as a Sr. Human Capital Associate managing projects focused on learning & development and organizational redesign.

Advisory Committee

Faculty Committee