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Brian Gran
Case Western Reserve University

Brian Gran is a sociologist and lawyer on the faculty of the Sociology Department, Law School, and Mandel School of Applied of Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University. His scholarship concentrates on human rights, including children's rights, law, and social policy. Gran was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at Yale University. As a Fulbright Scholar, he taught a course on children's rights to the Law School of Reykjavik University and conducted research on Iceland's Ombudsman for Children. Gran was a member of the Council and Steering Committee of the Science and Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was one of fourteen members of the U.S. National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists, a group who advises on national policy around law, technology, and science. He has served as Chair of the Human Rights Section of the American Sociological Association and President of the Thematic Group on Global Justice and Human Rights of the International Sociological Association. Gran has advised the United Nations on the human right to science. His scholarship has received support of various institutions, including the British Academy, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and right now from the U.S. Department of Defense for a project on obstacles to and facilitators of recovery from spinal cord injury and from the U.S. National Science Foundation for a project on derogation of human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gran has published books as well as articles in various sociology, law, and policy journals. Forthcoming with Polity Press is the book, The Sociology of Children's Rights.

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Bureau of Counterterrorism
Office of Countering Violent Extremism

Brian Gran serves as Policy Advisor to the Office of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) of the Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) of the U.S. State Department. The mission of CT is to promote U.S. national security by taking a leading role in developing coordinated strategies and approaches to defeating terrorism abroad and securing the counterterrorism cooperation of international partners. Brian employs scholarship on human rights and human rights institutions to advance efforts to counter violent extremism. In this role, he enjoys opportunities to support other State Department Offices in their efforts to counter violent extremism and liaises with intergovernmental organizations, think tanks, and civil society organizations.