UMass Boston


The CPDD Executive Director and Senior Advisor for International Programs, in addition to being Senior Fellows and spearheading projects in one or more of the Center's key areas, establish and cultivate the Center's strategic direction.  They are responsible for the Center's outreach, project and fiscal development, project oversight, and routine management. 


Darren Kew, Executive Director

Darren Kew (PhD, Tufts University) is an associate professor of conflict resolution at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He studies the relationship between conflict resolution methods and democratic development in Africa. Much of his work focuses on the role of civil society groups in this development. He also monitored the last three Nigerian elections and the 2007 elections in Sierra Leone.

Darren has worked with the Council on Foreign Relations' Center for Preventive Action to provide analysis and blueprints for preventing conflicts in numerous areas around the world, including Nigeria, Central Africa, and Kosovo. He has also been a consultant on democracy and peace initiatives to the United Nations, USAID, the US State Department, and to a number of NGOs, including the Carter Center.

Darren is author of numerous works on Nigerian politics and conflict resolution, including the forthcoming book, Democracy, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society in Nigeria (Syracuse University Press).  His research interests include civil society, conflict prevention, and transnational civil society development; international security and crisis intervention in Africa; conflict resolution efforts as grassroots approaches to promoting democracy; conflict and democracy in Africa (especially Nigeria); culture, religion, and conflict resolution; international negotiation; and nation-building.




Malcolm Russell-Einhorn, Senior Advisor for International Programs

Malcolm Russell-Einhorn is a comparative law and public administration specialist with over two decades of experience in international development and teaching, including work in legal and regulatory reform, public administration capacity building, administrative justice, open policymaking processes, decentralization, and legislative development.  As part of the  International Relations MA  program at UMass Boston, he has taught Democratic Governance, Decentralization and Development; and Theory and Content of Comparative Public Administration.  He has also taught the capstone course for the Global Comparative Public Administration MPA.   As a CPDD senior fellow, he is principal investigator on a 3-year, $943,000 USAID-funded initiative aimed at improving the quality and legality of administrative decision-making and enhancing citizen legal awareness in Rwanda. 

Previously, Malcolm was a research professor of public administration for six years at the State University of New York at Albany, where he served as director of the Center for International Development in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.  There he managed an annual budget of $12m and oversaw a global staff of 80 in addition to various consultants working on parliamentary development, local governance, and civil society strengthening projects.     

Malcolm has conducted research and provided technical assistance to a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies overseas.  He has published several articles in the international development field, focusing on comparative administrative law and legal frameworks encouraging transparency and accountability in government service delivery.  He was the lead author of the USAID handbook on "Using Administrative Law Tools and Concepts to Strengthen USAID Programming" (2008). 

See Malcolm's full bio here.