Senior Program Manager, Human Rights
Ryan Kaminski comes to UNA-USA with a strong interrelated interest in human rights, U.S. foreign policy, and international institutions. Previously, he worked as a research associate with the Council on Foreign Relations’ International Institutions and Global Governance program. There, much of his work focused on researching global and regional human rights architectures and supporting the creation of a comprehensive online interactive platform clarifying international cooperation and challenges related to human rights. Kaminski also worked previously as a Fulbright English teaching fellow at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). He has held internships with Papua New Guinea’s Mission to the United Nations; Amnesty International (USA); and the Brookings Institution. Kaminski holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of the 2011 Leo Nevas Human Rights Young Advocate Award, the 2010 Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs’ Jal Pavry Award for research in international peace and understanding, and the 2009-2011 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Research Fellowship. He is also a multiyear volunteer for the UNA-USA Global Classrooms program, having undertaken leadership roles associated with the initiative in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Kaminski has published human rights themed articles in the Houston Chronicle, Washington Times, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Huffington Post,Haaretz, Atlantic.com, and Reuters, among others.