Kevin Reyes

Kevin D. Reyes is nonresident fellow at the Human Rights Center (HRC) at UC Berkeley School of Law, recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. At HRC, he was previously visiting research associate, research assistant on war crimes and sexual violence, and administrative assistant.
Reyes recently completed a B.A. from Berkeley in American foreign relations history and international political economy. His research interests address the intersection of various fields, including grand strategy, human rights, international law, and security. He is the author of articles published in the Columbia East Asia Review and the Global Societies Journal as well as a forthcoming Institute of Governmental Studies working paper on national security and computer science issues in the 1980s Strategic Defense Initiative. His current research projects explore comparative transitional justice in Latin America; the role of modernization theories in international justice and capacity-building; and (with Waldo E. Martin, Jr.) human rights discourse in the black freedom struggle from the late 1940s to the present.
After serving as managing editor of Clios Scroll (Berkeleys undergraduate history journal), he now chairs the journals advisory board.
Reyes has been a Washington fellow of the Goldman School of Public Policys Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement, where he served in the Americas program at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and authored a report on accountability for enforced disappearance in Mexico. Moreover, Reyes has contributed to work with the International Criminal Court, United Nations, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Colombia Steering Committee, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Reyes was a UROC program designer from 2015-16. Connect with him on Twitter (@KevinDReyes) or visit his website (