Craig Cohen 1996-1997, Hart Fellow

Craig Cohen was a Hart Fellow  in Rwanda and Malawi with Save the Children-US from 1996-97 working with child-headed households, and from 1997-98 completed a second Hart Fellowship with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. He worked closely on his projects with photographer Noah Hendler. After completing his fellowships, Craig published his writing on child-headed households in Rwanda (No Home Without Foundation) and adolescent refugees in Azerbaijan (Looking Toward Home) through the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children at the International Rescue Committee.

Craig graduated from Duke in 1996. As an undergraduate, Craig participated in the Hart Leadership Program’s Refugee Action Project (forerunner of HLP’s Service Opportunities in Leadership program) in the former-Yugoslavia. From 1998-99, Craig served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy and as Hart Fellows Program Coordinator. In 2004, Craig finished work for his Master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. In his thesis, “Trusting Coexistence? Lessons from Refugee Return and Reintegration in Bosnia and Rwanda” he critiques international donor efforts to coerce people of different ethnic groups to live together after war as part of donors’ post-conflict peace-building strategy, part of which was published in the international development journal, Praxis.