Expert Speakers

Mark Pollack, Ph. D. Harvard University 

Mark A. Pollack is Professor of Political Science and Law, Jean Monnet Chair, and Director of Global Studies at Temple University, where he conducts research on international law and international relations and on the European Union. He has published widely on these subjects, including most recently Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art (co-edited with Jeffrey L. Dunoff, Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Who Supports International Law, and Why? The United States, the European Union, and the International Legal Order, a special issue of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (Vol. 13, No. 4, 2015). He is currently working on a project, with Jeffrey L. Dunoff, on international judicial practices.


Robert Groves, MA University of Wisconsin; MPH University of Massachusetts.

Bob Groves has taught at Temple University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute since 2012. His primary courses are Human Rights in the 21st Century and a Human Rights Film Festival. These courses focus on the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and ongoing challenges to their fulfillment.

Bob has over 40 years of experience in health and human services. For 25 of those years, he held CEO positions with the Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania (HPC) and The Philadelphia Senior Center. He holds Masters degrees in Urban Studies (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Public Health (University of Massachusetts).


Lauren Farmer, PhD Temple University

Lauren A. Farmer (Ph.D.) earned her doctorate in political science from Temple University in 2016. Her dissertation examined the emergence and functions of authoritarian international organizations and their role in the less studied “counter-waves” in which autocratic elements try to push back against or subvert democratic progression. Her research agenda examines the international components of authoritarian resilience and authoritarian backlash.