Brian Root

senior quantitative analyst Human Rights Watch

Brian Root, Senior Quantitative Analyst, is responsible for data analyses in Human Rights Watch reports. His research is split between two main areas: human rights in the US, including within the criminal legal system and immigration enforcement, and the relationships between social protection, poverty and inequality, and protections and realization of social and economic rights. In addition to statistical analyses, he works with researchers and Program staff, providing guidance on quantitative data collection and training on statistics and research methodology.

He has previously worked on research design and quantitative analysis for organizations such as the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, Scholars at Risk Network, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center. He has conducted field research with vulnerable populations in Guatemala, Sri Lanka, and post-Katrina New Orleans. Root holds a BA from UC San Diego and received his Ph.D. in International Development from Tulane University Law School.

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