Faculty & Staff
Emily Nagisa Keehn
Emily Nagisa Keehn is the Associate Director of the Academic Program. Her work primarily focuses on the intersection of human rights issues with criminal justice, gender, and health.
Prior to joining HRP, Keehn was the head of policy development and advocacy at Sonke Gender Justice in Cape Town, where she directed strategic litigation, parliamentary engagement, research, and advocacy related to HIV and AIDS, gender equality, sexual and gender-based violence, policing, and penal reform.
Keehn has published research in the journal Feminist Criminology, presented before the South African Parliament, and has helped shape national policies on corrections, gender, and health. Her media commentary has included the Guardian, Al-Jazeera, the Mail & Guardian, the Huffington Post, CNN, and United Nations IRIN News.
Previously, Keehn worked for the Health & Human Rights Law Project at UCLA School of Law and was awarded a National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center-funded fellowship from the U.C. Global Health Institute Women’s Health & Empowerment Center. She also held positions with the Annenberg Foundation, mothers2mothers, Legal Aid of Cambodia, and Relief International. Keehn has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC San Diego, a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and is a member of the State Bar of California.
Uneven and Still Insufficient: South African Police Services’ Station-Level Compliance with Sexual Offences Laws (with Lara Stemple, Cherith Sanger, and Dean Peacock), 9 Feminist Criminology 87 (2014)
The Equality Courts as a Tool for Gender Transformation UCLA Center for the Study of Women Thinking Gender Papers (2010)
It’s Frustrating to Us as ICCVs’: The Role and Functioning of Visitors’ Committees of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (Detention Justice Forum, 2014)(with Berber Hettinga and Nomonde Nyembe)
Current Practices to Increase Uptake, Retention and Adherence for Option B+ in Malawi (mothers2mothers Malawi, October 2014)(with Julie Karfakis)
Evaluation of South Africa’s Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (Sonke Gender Justice, July 2013)(with Nomonde Nyembe and Tanya Sukhija)
Mapping the Legal Framework to Address Sexual Violence and HIV in South African Correctional Facilities (Sonke Gender Justice, March 2012)(with Scott Spiegler)
The MenEngage Africa Regional Organisational Capacity Survey (Sonke Gender Justice, March 2011)(with Tim Shand and Lisa Ann Julien)
Investing in International Human Rights in the Age of Trump (Human Rights Program Blog, 12/15/2016) Co-authors: Anna Crowe and Yee Htun
Justice is Long Overdue for the Widows of South African Mineworkers
(The Guardian, 10/25/2016) Co-author: Dean Peacock
Class Action Lawsuit Against Mining Industry in South Africa
(Spotlight, Volume 38/2016) Co-author: Dean Peacock
Overcrowded Jails Deadly, Inhumane (Bhekisisa, Mail & Guardian, 06/05/2015) Co-authors: Clare Ballard and Czerina Patel
Gold Industry’s Appeal in Miner’s Silicosis Class Action is Shameful (Bhekisisa, Mail & Guardian 06/07/2016) Co-author: Dean Peacock
Miners Seek Justice Over Killer Dust (Mail & Guardian 03/06/2015) Co-authors: Dean Peacock and Anele Yawa
HIV Positive Inmates Stand Up for Their Rights…and Win! (The Shopsteward, Congress of South African Trade Unions: 01/2015) Co-author: John Stephens
South African Prison Rape Survivors Speak Out for the First Time (The Huffington Post 12/08/2014) Co-author: Sasha Gear
Break the Silence on HIV in Prison (Mail & Guardian 04/11/2014)
Prison Rape is No Joke (Pretoria News 07/24/2013) Co-authors: Sasha Gear and Mbuyiselo Botha
Commission for Gender Equality Must Begin to Deliver to SA Women (The Cape Times 01/25/2012) Co-authors: Sisonke Msimang, Rachel Jewkes, Dean Peacock)
South African Police Much Too Macho (Mail & Guardian 03/06/2011) Co-author: Dean Peacock
Julius Malema and the Equality Courts (Equal Treatment October 2009)