IGLHRC is delighted to welcome Ryan Thoreson as its Scott Hitt Research Fellow for the academic year 2009-10. Ryan is a doctoral candidate in Social Anthropology at Oxford University, where his dissertation focuses on transnational campaigns to secure rights and recognition for sexual minorities. Ryan has strong ties with the LGBT and sexual rights movements, having worked on local campaigns in North Dakota and Massachusetts, and on transnational issues with the International Lesbian and Gay Association in Brussels. His writings on sexuality and progressive politics have appeared in popular and academic publications like the Advocate, The Nation, Mother Jones, and the Oxonian Review of Books. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in Government and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and recently completed an MPhil in Social Anthropology with distinction as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
“We are confident that Ryan will play an important leadership role in the movement in the future and are thrilled to have him as part of our staff,” said IGLHRC Executive Director Cary Alan Johnson. “We are very grateful to the Scott Hitt Foundation for funding Ryan’s position and increasing our capacity to respond to human rights violations around the world.”