Rob Grace, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University

Dr. Rob Grace is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston University. His research interests include the evolution and application of international laws and norms in relation to armed conflicts and internal disturbances, international fact-finding, and the politics of humanitarian action, with a particular focus on humanitarian negotiation and humanitarian-military relations. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where he teaches a graduate course on international disaster management.

Previously, Dr. Grace was a USIP-Minerva Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace, as well as a Graduate Research Fellow and a Summer Fellow at the Harvard Program on Negotiation. He has also led, or co-led, policy-oriented research projects on humanitarian-military relations at the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs at Brown University, where he was also affiliated faculty between 2022-2023. Dr. Grace’s professional experience includes serving as Senior Associate at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where he led a multi-year research project on fact-finding related to human rights and international humanitarian law, co-hosted and produced monthly webcasts on humanitarian action and developed e-learning modules for the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard.

Dr. Grace’s research and writing has been published by the Journal of International Humanitarian Action, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, Conflict and Health, Negotiation Journal, and World Health and Population, among others. He holds a PhD in political science from Brown University, an MA in politics from New York University and a BA from Vassar College.