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The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production. Please visit to learn more about The Carter Center.



Experts by Subject

The Carter Center invites media to access the expertise of its program staff for commentary and background. Listed below are topics they can discuss. To contact our experts, please phone the Office of Public Information, 404-420-5117.

Africa, conflict

Hrair Balian

Africa, conflict in the Horn of Africa

Tom Crick

Africa, conflict in West Africa

Tom Crick, Hrair Balian

Agriculture, in Africa

Mary Ann Peters, Craig Withers

Anti-corruption efforts

Laura Neuman

Behavior modification
Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben

Bolivia, politics
Laura Neuman, Marcelo Varela

Campaign finance, Western Hemisphere

Jennie K. Lincoln

Carter Center, mission and projects of

Mary Ann Peters

Carter presidency
Steven Hochman

China, relationship with Taiwan, U.S. foreign policy toward

Yawei Liu

China, village elections
Yawei Liu

Civil society, role in nation-building

David Carroll

Community-based health programs, international
Donald Hopkins, Moses Katabarwa

Conflict, causes of, reconciliation after, peace implementation, early warning of resumption

Hrair Balian, Tom Crick

Crop production, in Africa

Craig Withers

Crops, genetically modified

Craig Withers

Cuba, U.S. policy toward

Jennie K. Lincoln

Death penalty, U.S. movement to abolish
Karin Ryan

Democratization, democratic transition, strengthening democratic institutions

David Carroll, Jennie K. Lincoln, Marcelo Varela

Disease epidemiology
Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, Gregory Noland

Disease eradication

Donald Hopkins, Craig Withers

Disease, integrating treatment for multiple diseases
Donald Hopkins, Frank Richards,

Diseases, neglected
Frank Richards

Ecuador, governance and politics

Jennie K. Lincoln, Ph.D.

Election observation, international standards and practices

David Carroll, Jennie K. Lincoln, Avery Davis-Roberts

Elections, Africa

David Carroll

Elections, Latin America and the Caribbean

Jennie K. Lincoln, Marcelo Varela

Elephantiasis, prevention and treatment

Frank Richards, Moses Katabarwa

Ethnic conflict resolution

Hrair Balian

Freedom of information, Latin America and Caribbean

Laura Neuman

Ghana, disease and development

Donald Hopkins

Guatemala, human rights and elections

Jennie K. Lincoln

Guinea worm disease

Donald Hopkins, Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben

Haiti, governance issues

Jennie K. Lincoln

Health care training in developing countries (Liberia, Ethiopia)

Stephen Blount

Health insurance, parity in coverage for mental illness

Thomas Bornemann, Lei Ellingson

Human rights, international protection, defenders and activists

Karin Ryan

Human rights, women

Karin Ryan

Hygiene, role in disease prevention
Kelly Callahan, Donald Hopkins, Frank Richards


Indonesia, elections

David Carroll

International Criminal Court

Karin Ryan

Mideast, Syria
Hrair Balian

Jamaica, politics
Laura Neuman

Latin America, democracy issues

Jennie K. Lincoln

Latrines, role in disease prevention
Kelly Callahan

Liberia, governance, elections, conflict, human rights

David Carroll, Hrair Balian

Liberia mental health initiative, mental health systems

Janice Cooper

Lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis)

Frank Richards, Moses Katabarwa

Maize, quality protein

Craig Withers


Frank Richards

Mental illnesses, trends, statistics, treatment, stigma

Thomas Bornemann, Lei Ellingson

Mental health, primary care physician training

John Bartlett

Mental health, stigma, journalism training

Rebecca Palpant

Middle East

Hrair Balian

Mozambique, elections
David Carroll

Nepal, governance, conflict
David Carrol

Nicaragua, politics of
Jennie K. Lincoln

Nongovernmental organizations, role of

Mary Ann Peters, Steven Hochman

Peru, governance
Jennie K. Lincoln

Presidency, U.S.
Steven Hochman

Public health training in developing countries

Shelly Brownsberger Terrazas

Refugees, mental health of

Thomas Bornemann

River blindness
Frank Richards, Moses Katabarwa

River blindness, elimination in the Americas

Mauricio Sauerbrey, Frank Richards

Rule of law

Tom Crick, Karin Ryan

Frank Richards, Donald Hopkins

Sierra Leone, elections and human rights

David Carroll


Donald Hopkins

Sudan, conflict in

Tom Crick

Sudan, disease eradication in

Craig Withers

Hrair Balian

Terrorism, mental health consequences of

Thomas Bornemann

Terrorism and security policies, human rights implications of

Karin Ryan


Kelly Callahan

Uganda, civil conflict

Tom Crick

U.N.human rights program

Karin Ryan

U.S.foreign policy toward Latin America

Jennie K. Lincoln

Steven Hochman

Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia Peace Process

Jennie K. Lincoln

Venezuela, governance and politics

Jennie K. Lincoln

War, causes of, reconciliation after, peace implementation

Hrair Balian, Tom Crick

War, mental health consequences of

Thomas Bornemann

Zambia, governance and civil society

David Carroll

Expert Biographies

THOMAS H. BORNEMANN, Ed.D., M.S.W., director, Mental Health Program
Dr. Bornemann oversees the program's efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental disorders and to achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care.

HRAIR BALIAN, J.D., director, Conflict Resolution Program
Mr. Balian oversees the Conflict Resolution Program's efforts to monitor and address conflicts around the world.

JOHN BARTLETT, M.D., M.P.H., senior project adviser, Primary Care Initiative, Mental Health Program
Dr. Bartlett leads the activities of the Primary Care initiative, which helps identify ways to facilitate better recognition and treatment of mental health and substance abuse problems in primary care.

KELLYCALLAHAN, M.P.H., director, Trachoma Control Programs
Ms. Callahan oversees the Carter Center's Trachoma Control Program, working closely with national ministries of health, international agencies, and partner nongovernmental organizations to eliminate blinding trachoma around the world.

DAVID CARROLL, Ph.D., director, Democracy Program
Dr. Carroll oversees all aspects of Carter Center election observation, civil society strenghthening, and promotion of the rule of law. He also leads the Center's initiative on developing standards and best practices in international election observation.

TOM CRICK, M.S.Sc., associate director, Conflict Resolution Program
Mr. Crick has worked on election and conflict resolution projects, primarily in Africa, including those in the Great Lakes region and Liberia.

AVERY DAVIS-ROBERTS, assistant director, Democracy Program
Ms. Davis-Roberts manages the Carter Center’s Democratic Election Standards Project, which seeks to develop the criteria by which observers assess a democratic process.

STEVEN HOCHMAN, Ph.D., research director, The Carter Center
A scholar on the U.S. presidency and the Carter presidency, Dr. Hochman helped prepare and edit "Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President" (1982) and assisted Dumas Malone with his biography of Thomas Jefferson.

DONALD HOPKINS, MD, M.P.H., vice president, Health Programs
A former deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Hopkins oversees all of the Carter Center's health programs. He direceted the Smallpox Eradication/Measles Control Program in Sierra Leone, West Africa, from 1967 to 1969 and oversees the Center's Guinea worm eradication effort.

MOSES KATABARWA, M.P.H., M.A., Ph.D., epidemiologist, River Blindness Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program
As program epidemiologist, Dr. Katabarwa provides scientific support to the Center's health programs. Dr. Katabarwa studies the importance of community structures in the delivery of health care services.

JENNIE K. LINCOLN, PH.D., director, Latin America and Caribbean Program
Dr. Lincoln, a professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, teaches Latin American Politics and U.S.-Latin American Relations. In 2010, she retired as Principal Research Associate at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Her research interests focus on uses of information technology to improve democratic initiatives and civil-military relations.

YAWEI LIU, Ph.D., director, China Program
Dr. Liu works with Chinese election and political reform experts to assess local elections in China and advises the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs on procedures to increase the openness and competitiveness of these elections.

LAURA NEUMAN, J.D., director, AGlobal Access to Information Program
Ms. Neuman manages the Center's efforts to help Jamaica, Bolivia, and Nicaragua draft and implement access-to-information legislation.

REBECCA G. PALPANT, M.S., assistant director, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, Mental Health Program
Ms. Palpant has oversight of The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, which awards stipends each year to 10 professional journalists in the United States and Romania, to produce a significant work on mental health or mental illnesses.

AMB. (RET.) MARY ANN PETERS, CEO, The Carter Center
Ambassador Peters provides leadership for the Center's mission to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. She actively oversees all of the Carter Center's program initiatives.

FRANK O. RICHARDS JR., M.D., director, River Blindness Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, Schistosomiasis Control Program, and Malaria Control Program
Dr. Richards oversees four of the Center's health programs. Focused on disease control and eradication in Africa and the Americas, Dr. Richards also teaches at Emory University's School of Medicine.

ERNESTO RUIZ-TIBEN, Ph.D., director, Guinea Worm Eradication Program
Dr. Ruiz-Tiben heads the Center's campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, working closely with national ministries of health in Africa, international agencies, and partner nongovernmental organizations.

KARIN RYAN, director, Human Rights Program
Ms. Ryan designs and implements the Center's efforts to promote the work of and amplify the voices of grassroots human rights defenders worldwide. She has worked extensively to strengthen the U.N.'s various human rights programs.

MAURICIO SAUERBREY, MT., MSC., Ph.D., director, Onchocerciasis Elimination Program of the Americas
Dr. Sauerbrey directs the Center's efforts to end the transmission of river blindness in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil.

P. CRAIG WITHERS, M.B.A., M.H.A., director of program support, Health Programs
Mr. Withers manages and directs international development activities for the Carter Center's health and food security programs in Africa and Latin America.

International Councils

In addition to our resident experts, prominent people on several international councils assist The Carter Center in its mission. Please visit or phone 404-420-5117 for more information.

The Council of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Americas, a group of current and former heads of government, helps reinforce democracy and transparency, resolve conflict, and advance regional economic cooperation in the hemisphere.

The Mental Health Task Force, chaired by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and its National Advisory Council develop initiatives to reduce stigma, advance services for children and their families, and work to increase public awareness about mental health issues.

The International Committee of Women Leaders for Mental Health is a group of royalty, heads of state, and first ladies who promote mental health around the world.

The International Task Force for Disease Eradication, composed of notable scientists and organizations, convenes to evaluate the potential for eradicating infectious diseases.

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404-420-5117; Deanna.Congileo

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