Amy Hepburn has researched, published, and programmed extensively on issues affecting children in complex humanitarian emergencies including armed conflict and HIV/AIDS in the Balkans, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Republic of Georgia.
Her projects include extensive work with international and local NGOs, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Geneva, Refugee Children’s Unit, the United States Department of State, Displaced Children and Orphans Fund, and the United States Agency for International Development, Office of HIV/AIDS.
Her research and programming interests include increasing the access and quality of education for girls in resource poor settings and the holistic care of children in complex humanitarian emergencies– particularly those orphaned by HIV/AIDS in eastern and southern Africa and/or affected by armed conflict.
Amy co-directed the Duke University-HEI Graduate Program on Global Governance and Policy in Geneva, Switzerland from 2001-2005. She currently teaches the Human Rights and Humanitarian Action course as part of the Duke Program.
Hepburn is a Senior Research Fellow in the Duke University, Health Inequalities Program, where she consults on programming and research for children living outside family care. She is Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in International Affairs, at The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs where she teaches a course on the care and protection of children in complex humanitarian emergencies.
She is a Visiting Lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy where she is also the Executive Director of the J. Kirk Felsman Program on Children in Adversity. Amy currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors from Duke University.