Noam Schimmel

Research Visitor, Hilary Term 2018

Other affiliations

Kellogg College


Noam Schimmel earned a PhD in Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in January, 2014. He has an MSc in Philosophy, Policy and Social Value from the LSE. His interdisciplinary doctoral research examined American Democratic presidential healthcare reform rhetoric, American healthcare reform policy and politics, and the human right to healthcare.  He was an O’Brien Fellow in Residence and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University Faculty of Law, where he is currently Associate Fellow.  He is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and was a 2015 Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellow. He was a Research Officer at the London School of Economics Department of Social Policy, LSE Health division, researching the human rights challenges facing internally displaced people globally in 2016. 

He served on the faculty of the School for International Training’s comparative human rights study abroad program from January – May of 2014, teaching courses on human rights and facilitating discussion and experiential learning in the three countries in which the program takes place in addition to the United States: Nepal, Jordan, and Chile. He consults for human rights/development oriented foundations and NGOs and has consulted and volunteered with the child centered development organization, PLAN. He volunteers to support the work of SURF Survivor’s Fund, an NGO devoted to securing the human rights of Rwandan genocide survivors.

He has published on a range of human rights topics including reparative justice for survivors of genocide, the rights of children, indigenous people, and genocide survivors as well as on development efforts to alleviate poverty and engender and sustain human security. His most recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Human Rights and Human Rights Review. He has also published in Development, Development in Practice, Progress in Development Studies, the International Journal of Children’s Rights, the International Journal of Human Rights, the International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, Peace Review, and Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, amongst others. He published his doctoral dissertation with Palgrave Macmillan in a book titled, Presidential Healthcare Reform Rhetoric: Continuity, Change, and Contested Values from Truman to Obama. He is currently completing his second book with Palgrave Macmillan addressing the human rights responsibilities of non-governmental organizations. 

Noam Schimmel has particular interests in the ethical dimensions of human rights law, the politics of human rights and humanitarian aid, development studies, global governance and its intersection with human rights law, and the role of rhetoric and communication in both advancing and limiting human rights. He earned an MSt in International Human Rights Law in October, 2015 from Oxford University where he was a Santander Scholar. He is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford researching human rights from October 2015 - October 2017.