Dr. Brad Klein is the Associate Director of the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program. He is a human rights and environmental justice scholar-practitioner specializing in critical pedagogy, leadership development, and social change.
Klein has taught extensively at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. He has provided leadership to advocacy, development, and research efforts throughout the United States and in many global locations, including Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Poland, South Africa, and Vietnam. His work uses interdisciplinary and practical approaches to address a wide range of issues such as conflict resolution, cultural psychology, diversity education, food and water justice, gender and LGBTQ equality, human trafficking, Indigenous rights, intergroup dialogue, neocolonialism, the pedagogy of privilege, political ecology, restorative justice, sustainable development, and torture. At SMU, part of Klein’s focus involves mentoring applied research and community impact projects, particularly through the SMU Human Rights Fellowship and the Ethics and Human Rights capstone course, and serving on the university-wide diversity course development committee.
Klein holds a doctorate in Religious and Theological Studies (with a concentration in Religion and Social Change) from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, master’s degrees in Peace and Justice Studies and in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the University of San Diego, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Theology from Marquette University