Paula Newberg

Clinical Professor and Fellow of Charles N. Wilson Chair in Pakistan Studies |

University of Texas at Austin, Department of Government

Paula Newberg’s work focuses on the intersections between human rights, democratic governance and foreign policy in crisis and transition states, with particular focus on south and central Asia. A scholar and practitioner with wide-ranging experience in multilateral and nongovernmental organizations, Dr. Newberg served as Special Advisor to the United Nations in Asia, Europe and Africa. She was a Senior Associate the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she co-founded its Democracy Project, and was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. Prior to coming to UT-Austin, she was the Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.

Dr. Newberg has written extensively on constitutional development and jurisprudence in Pakistan, the politics of assistance in and to conflict and post-conflict states, and rights in conditions of insurgency. A former contributing columnist for the Los Angeles Times and The Globe and Mail, she writes for Yale Global Online, and is an advisor to a number of nonprofit organizations working in the rights and democracy fields.

As Fellow of the newly established Wilson Chair at UT Austin, she is creating curricular, training, research and policy programs with institutions in south Asia. At Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities, she taught graduate courses on comparative foreign policy, rights and international affairs, international politics of conflict, and the international politics of south Asia. At UT-Austin, she teaches courses on rights and the state in modern south Asia, and the politics of complex emergencies in south Asia and beyond.

Dr. Newberg is a graduate of Oberlin College and received her Ph.d. from the University of Chicago.