Samantha Power

Samantha Power is an award-winning author, professor and human rights activist who Men's Vogue describes as, "a rare Harvard brainiac who can boast both a Pulitzer Prize and a mean jump shot."

Former foreign policy advisor to Democratic presidential runner Barack Obama, Power has a wealth of experience under her belt. The feisty author recently released a political biography of the United Nation's Sergio Vieira de Mello, entitled Chasing the Flame.

Power is The Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Governement.

Power calls herself "genocide chick," because of her area of study and passion. Her book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general non-fiction, and the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Prize for the best book in US foreign policy.  Power's New Yorker article on the horrors in Darfur, Sudan won the 2005 National Magazine Award for best reporting. 

Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (1998-2002). From 1993-1996, she covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for the US News and World Report, The Boston Globe, and The Economist.  Power is the editor, with Graham Allison, of Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, she moved to the United States from Ireland at the age of nine.