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Dr. Elizabeth Swanson

Elizabeth Swanson, Ph.D., is Professor of English and Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Author of Beyond Terror: Gender, Narrative, Human Rights (Rutgers University Press 2007), she is the author of many articles on human rights, gender studies, and literature, and co-editor of several edited collections on literature and human rights.

Dr. Swanson’s work on slavery stems from her commitment to human rights. She is particularly interested in the processes of how formerly enslaved people can move from survival to full freedom, living independent, sustainable, and dignified lives. This interest informs her focus on processes of restoration, reintegration, and empowerment of survivors of human trafficking around the world.

As part of this work, Dr. Swanson serves as Board Chair for Made By Survivors, an international non-governmental organization that fights human trafficking using economic empowerment, education, and hope. She also directs the Women’s Entrepreneurial Development Laboratory, an innovation space dedicated to testing business models to fight slavery and human trafficking, poverty, and marginalization of women, in the Lewis Institute Social Innovation Lab, Babson College.

“Victims, perpetrators, and the limits of human rights discourse in post-Palermo fiction about sex trafficking” by Alexandra Schultheis Moorea & Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg. The International Journal of Human Rights. Volume 19, Issue 1, 2015. (Download PDF | Abstract)

Speaker’s Bureau Talks: 

From Survival to Freedom: Evolving Strategies for Reintegration and Independence in the Aftermath of Slavery

The Power of Partnership: Business Innovations in the Fight Against Slavery

More Radical Than Thou: Politics and Posturing in Reception of Sex Trafficking Narratives