Christina Bain is the director of the Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery where her current areas of focus include examining the role of business in combatting human trafficking; social innovation and entrepreneurial solutions to addressing human trafficking; and training the next generation of business leaders through anti-trafficking coursework and initiatives. She is the former and founding director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Christina designed, developed, and implemented the Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery through research, coursework, global online conferences, lectures, fellowships, and student internships and grants. The Program convened and educated thousands of students, business leaders, activists, academics, law enforcement, public policy leaders, and health care professionals during Christina’s time at the Kennedy School.
In partnership with faculty at Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School, and Boston University School of Law, she began in 2009 to examine legal policy pertaining to technology and human trafficking and co-designed a state judicial training curriculum. Also in 2009, Christina created a consortium of academics, public health professionals, policymakers, and non-governmental organizations examining how organ trafficking fits within a human-trafficking framework.
Prior to the Kennedy School, Christina was appointed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the executive director of the Governor's Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, a statewide commission of over 340 public and private sector partners. She previously served as the public affairs liaison to former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey where she worked on domestic violence and criminal justice issues, including human trafficking and sex offender management. Christina also served as a special assistant to former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift.
Beginning in 2014, Christina became a member of both the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy and the Global Agenda Council on Human Rights for the World Economic Forum. She is also the co-chair of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council Network-Wide Human Trafficking Task Force, a cross-council initiative with other Global Agenda Councils and Forum business sector partners that began in 2013. She previously served as a vice-chair of the combined Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime (2013–2014) and also as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade (2012–2013). In 2014, Christina became a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2006–2010, she was a member of the Massachusetts Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking, one of the 42 statewide anti-trafficking task forces funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Christina currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence under Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
Professor Goldberg teaches intermediate and advanced courses in international literatures and human rights, Babson’s interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities Foundation course, and the India portion of the Babson BRIC course. She held the Mandell Family Term Chair (2007–2012), and was voted Professor of the Year by the graduating classes of 2007, 2008, and 2009. Dr. Goldberg has received the Faculty Scholarship Award, 2012; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, 2012; the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation Changemaker Award, 2012; the Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award, 2007; the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006; and the faculty Innovators Among Us award, 2004.
She is the author of Beyond Terror: Gender, Narrative, Human Rights (Rutgers University Press, 2007) and has published articles in journals and edited collections in the areas of multicultural literature and pedagogies, gender studies, and human rights. She edited a special issue of the journals Peace Review and College Literature devoted to the subject of literature, film, and human rights (Spring 2008), and is currently co-editing a collection of essays on torture since 9/11. She is co-editor, with Alexandra Schultheis, University of North Carolina, of Theoretical Perspectives on Literature and Human Rights (Routledge, 2011) and Options for Teaching Human Rights (MLA Press, forthcoming).
Dr. Goldberg currently serves as Chair of the Board of Made By Survivors, an international NGO that empowers survivors of slavery by providing education and skilled craftsmanship training, and as Faculty Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Development Laboratory, hosted by the Lewis Institute Social Innovation Laboratory. She serves as Director on the Board of Historians Against Slavery and sits on the Editorial Board of the international journal Teaching in Higher Education. She recently concluded a term as Chair and Commissioner of the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission.