M. Brinton Lykes, PhD, is Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. She has worked with survivors of war and gross violations of human rights for over three decades. She works with local communities to mobilize their cultural resources and beliefs, the creative arts and participatory action research methodologies to analyze the causes and document the effects of racialized gendered violence and gross violations of human rights, working with these local survivor protagonists to develop programs that aspire to rethread social relations and transform social inequalities underlying structural injustices.
Brinton has consulted widely with groups and organizations seeking to undo systemic racism, xenophobia, and sexism. She is also co-founder and/or a board member of several local and international NGOs including the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights, Women’s Rights International, Impunity Watch, and the Boston Women’s Fund. Brinton received the Ignacio Martín-Baró Lifetime Peace Practitioner Award, the American Psychological Association’s International Humanitarian Award, and the Florence L. Denmark and Mary E. Reuder Award for Outstanding International Contributions to the Psychology of Women and Gender.