Faculty & Staff

Gillian MacNaughton, JD, DPhil

Assistant Professor, Public Policy of Excluded Populations, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development


photo of Gillian MacNaughton

Areas of Expertise

International economic and social rights, the right to health, equality and nondiscrimination, human rights impact assessment and indicators


DPhil, Law, University of Oxford
MSt, International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford
MPA, Harvard University
JD, Vermont Law School
BEd, McGill University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Gillian MacNaughton is an assistant professor in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) and a senior fellow with the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. She is also an affiliate of the Research Program on Economic and Social Rights in the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut.

MacNaughton is an international human rights lawyer who works on economic and social rights, particularly the rights to health, education, and decent work, and their relationship to equality rights. She is also involved in developing human rights-based methodology and tools, including human rights impact assessment and indicators.

Prior to joining SGISD, MacNaughton served as the executive director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law, and as a senior research officer at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UK. She has taught international human rights courses for the European Regional Master's Program in Human Rights and Democratization at the University of Sarajevo; the Master's Program in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University; and the Summer School in International Human Rights Law and several colleges at the University of Oxford. 

In addition, MacNaughton has consulted on human rights projects for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, governments, and nongovernmental organizations. She is a member of the Vermont Bar.