Joseph Leone works as part of the research and investigations team, documenting, analyzing, and exposing human rights violations in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. As a research and investigations fellow, he contributes to all phases of administration, research, and advocacy, including writing reports and communications materials that document and publicize research findings.
Prior to joining PHR, Leone held positions at B’Tselem, the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Crisis Group, the Middle East Institute, and the Identity Center for Human Development in Jordan, working to advance justice and human rights. His past independent research has addressed forced disappearances in Lebanon, Amazigh communal rights in Morocco, Palestinian social movements, and reparations and the legacy of chattel slavery in New Jersey.
Leone is a master’s student in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he serves as a managing editor of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy. He holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University and speaks Arabic.