Margaret Crahan




Dr. Margaret E. Crahan is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Latin American Studies at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.  She received her doctorate from Columbia in history.   Until September 2009 she was the Kozmetsky Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University.  From 1982-1994 she was the Henry R. Luce Professor of Religion, Power and Political Process at Occidental College and from 1994-2008 the Dorothy Epstein Professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York.  She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Edward’s University, Vice President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, and a member Executive Committee of the Board of the Washington Office of Latin America.  She was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Latin America, 2006-08.  She has participated in international missions to Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.  Dr. Crahan has published over one hundred articles and books including Human Rights and Basic Needs in the Americas; Religion, Culture and Society: The Case of Cuba; and The Wars on Terrorism and Iraq: Human Rights, Unilateralism, and US Foreign Policy (with Thomas G. Weiss and John Goering).