Assistant to the Director

Assistant to the Director

Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson is the Assistant to the Director of the CIHR, the Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Human Rights Review, and a graduate student in the International Crime and Justice M.A. program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an OSINT analyst and supervisor at the Western Jihadism Project -- a government-funded social sciences lab based out of Brandeis University in Massachusetts, where she received her B.A. in International and Global Studies. Her work there primarily focused on researching and analyzing the network structure of Islamist extremist organizations as well as the crime-terror nexus. She is also an HSI-trained human trafficking trainer and a founding member of the Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking, which was initiated at the United Nations in 2018 and has since championed a national pilot program to train healthcare systems in identifying and responding to trafficking situations. Her research interests include the social network structure of criminal organizations, the intersection of conflict and conflict-driven migration with human trafficking, and the role of the 'pre-criminal space' in criminal justice and national security systems---particularly as it pertains to counterterrorism policy and its interaction with human rights.