Co-Director, Center for Human Rights and International Justice; Professor, Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology
M. Brinton Lykes has spent her career studying the intersection of the self and the external factors that impact our internal lives: immigration, gender and sexual orientation, social identity and oppression, racism, and culture. With a focus on justice, her research has explored the psychosocial effects of state-sponsored terror and organized violence, racialized gender violence, the effects of deportation on families, and more.
Lykes has played many important roles at the Lynch School: Chair of the CDEP department, Associate Dean, and co-director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. Her interest in racialized gender violence has taken her to Guatemala, where she has explored the lasting impact of post-conflict feminism and women’s and children’s protagonism.
Lykes has co-authored scores of articles and book chapters. She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Florence L. Denmark and Mary E. Reuder Award for Outstanding International Contributions to the Psychology of Women and Gender and the International Humanitarian Award; she also received the Seymour B. Sarason Award for Community Research and Action.
Lykes has presented her work around the world. She is proud to serve as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice while remaining an active board member of Grassroots International, IMPUNITY WATCH, Women’s Rights International, and other organizations.