Chen Reis

Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Humanitarian Assist

What I do

I help students prepare for careers in the international humanitarian sector by helping them gain the knowledge, skills, experiences and networks they need to succeed.

Professional Biography

Chen Reis is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of the Humanitarian Assistance program, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Prior to joining Korbel in Fall of 2011 she was a Technical Officer focusing on a range of humanitarian policy and practice issues at the World Health Organization, Geneva Switzerland (2004-2011). From 2001-2004 she was a Senior Research Associate with Physicians for Human Rights USA. She is the author of numerous articles, reports and book chapters. Dr. Reis is an internationally recognized expert on issues related to sexual violence in humanitarian crises, and has advised governments and organizations on responses to gender-based violence.


  • Ph.D., UNSW , 2018
  • JD, International & comparative law, Columbia University School of Law, 1997
  • BA, Social and cultural anthropology, Johns Hopkins University , 1994


In addition to research relevant to my role in preparing students for humanitarian careers, I also research gender biases in humanitarian organizations and the impact on programming and staff.


  • Framing matters: The persistence of gaps in clinical management of rape services in humanitarian settings
  • Refugee Co-Instructors: How Residents of Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda are Teaching Students at the University of Denver to Bridge the Gap between Policy and Practice
  • Future of Humanitarian Action
  • Use of research & service data for international prosecutions
  • Use of Innovative Experiential Methods to Train Future Humanitarian Aid Workers