Current Staff


Kamiar Alaei  Kamiar Alaei, MD, DrPH, MPH, MS. is a public service professor

in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, and the founding Director of Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. He is an expert on HIV/AIDS, drug policy and International Health and Human Rights. He and his brother Arash co-founded the first "Triangular Clinic" for three target groups in Iran (drug users, HIV patients, and STD cases), documented by the World Health Organization as a "Best Practice Model" for HIV/AIDS and injecting drug users prevention and care. Dr. Alaei’s extensive experience in both global health policy and international human rights law allows him to focus on the intersections between international health and international law, while remaining sensitive to the needs and realities of vulnerable target groups including rights of prisoners.   

His area of expertise, focusing on HIV/AIDS policy and drug policy through an academic perspective with a concentration on the central America, Middle East and Central Asia. In addition to WHO/CAIRO, he has served as a consultant or temporary advisor to the World Health Organization in Pan American Region (PAHO) to expand health and human rights training programs in prison system. Kamiar Alaei received his Medical Doctorate (MD) from Isfahan Medical University and his Master of Public Health (MPH) in epidemiology from Tehran Medical University – two of the top universities in Iran – his Master of Science in International Health from Harvard University, and his doctoral degree on Health Policy and Management from University at Albany. He is currently completing his degree in International Human Rights Law at University of Oxford.


Arash Alaei M.D. is the Associate Director of the Institute. He is a physician who

broke the existing national silence regarding HIV/AIDS in a very conservative Muslim country like Iran with the help of his brother Kamiar Alaei using the Triangular Clinic model. He and his brother extended their work on HIV/AIDS in other countries such as Afghanistan and Tajikistan by implementing regional training workshops. They have been successful in motivating other Muslim countries to break the existing silence regarding HIV/AIDS by inviting them to visit their Triangular Clinics in Iran.

Dr. Alaei and his brother promoted their scientific collaborations with American experts through establishing regional workshops on HIV/AIDS and inviting well known international experts from Harvard, Yale and Maryland to be partners in these programs. He also continued his cooperation with U.S. scientists to foster medical diplomacy between Iran and the U.S. The brothers also organized summer exchange programs for American students to visit Iran and work with Iranian students on various health and human rights related projects. This international student network strongly influenced Americans and second generation Iranians living in the US by cultivating youth interest in Iran.

In recognition of their work, Dr. Arash Alaei and his brother Kamiar were awarded the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights by the Global Health Council in June 2011 and World Health Organization/PAHO gave its first Health and Human Rights awards to them in December 2012.


Alexandra R. Harrington J.D., LL.M., Doctor of Civil Law, is assistant director

and affiliated faculty at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights. She is also adjunct faculty at Albany Law School, where her classes focus on international law topics. Dr. Harrington serves as Lead Counsel for Cross-Cutting  Legal Issues with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.

Her more than three dozen publications address a variety of fields relating to international law, including international human rights law, international child’s rights, environmental law, legal issues relating to climate change, natural resources regulation, international organizations, international trade law, corporate social responsibility, and criminal law, as well as domestic fields such as constitutional law and military law. She routinely presents her works at domestic and international conferences, including a United Nations Academic Impact in Action panel. Dr. Harrington has served as a Visiting Professor at Albany Law School, a professor at the University of Montreal Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales summer programs, as a Consultant to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, and is an ICTSD Expert for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development..

Joe Juan MD, MPH, MA, a PhD student in the School of Criminal Justice,

was advised by Dr. Hemenway and Dr. Loftin for research on youth violence; and by Dr. Kurlychek, Dr. Washington, and Dr. Worden for research on protective factors against the intergenerational transmission of violence. In 2013, he received his Master's degrees from both Harvard School of Public Health and the School of Criminal Justice at UAlbany. In 2014, he was invited as a guest researcher at CDC for youth violence prevention. His research interests focus on the socioeconomic determinants of health disparity, substance abuse, promotion of children's well-being, and prevention of youth violence. Currently he is a research assistant at GIHHR, collaborating on several NIH-funded programs addressing HIV/AIDS epidemics among injecting drug users across multiple countries.