Sarah Sewall was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights on February 20, 2014. She serves concurrently as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.
Over the previous decade, Dr. Sewall taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she also served as Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, launched the MARO (Mass Atrocities Response Operations) Project and directed the Program on National Security and Human Rights. She served on the U.S. Defense Policy Board and on the boards of Oxfam America and the Center for Naval Analyses. In 2012, she was Minerva Chair at the Naval War College. She also led several research studies of U.S. military operations for the Department of Defense. During the Clinton Administration, Dr. Sewall served as the inaugural Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance. Prior to joining the executive branch, she served six years as the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell.