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1229-Gene-Sharp_full_600Dr Gene Sharp, Founder & Senior Scholar

Gene Sharp is Senior Scholar at the Albert Einstein Institution in Boston, Massachusetts. He held research appointments in Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs for nearly thirty years and is currently Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Dr. Sharp, who has been called “the Clausewitz of nonviolent warfare,” founded the Albert Einstein Institution in 1983 to promote research, policy studies, and education on the strategic uses of nonviolent struggle in face of dictatorship, war, genocide, and oppression.

He holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in political theory from Oxford University (1968), a Master of Arts in Sociology (1951), and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (1949) from Ohio State University. Brown University awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (2012) and Manhattan College awarded him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (1983).  He has received numerous honors and awards for his work including the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize and the Right Livelihood Award which was presented in the Swedish Parliament in 2012.

He lived for ten years in Norway and England conducting advanced studies at Oxford University. In Norway he held positions at the University of Oslo and the Institute for Social Research.

Dr. Sharp is the author of various books on nonviolent struggle, power, political problems, dictatorships, and defense policy. His writings have been published in English in several countries and in more than 45 languages. These include Norwegian, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, Tamil, Burmese, Karen, Thai, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Read Dr Sharp’s full biography here.

jamila headshotJamila Raqib, Executive Director 

Jamila Raqib serves as the Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution and as a Research Affiliate at the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  She holds a degree in management from Simmons College.  

Jamila joined the Albert Einstein Institution in 2002, focusing on the promotion and distribution of writings and translations, on the technique of nonviolent struggle and its potential in acute conflicts worldwide.  Her work involved consulting with translators to develop terminology for accurate dissemination of understanding about strategic nonviolent struggle in numerous languages.

Since 2005, she has served as the Institution’s Executive Director, responding to inquiries from individuals and groups around the world, facilitating access to material through online and print dissemination, providing editorial assistance to Dr. Sharp, coordinating numerous publication agreements with international publishers, and speaking with members of the domestic and international media about the importance of tools and resources on nonviolent struggle for social and political movements.  More recently, she has represented the Institution at a number of domestic and international events on a host of issues related to its programs, research and policy studies, educational initiatives, and fundraising.

In 2009, she collaborated with Dr. Sharp to create a new curriculum titled Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression.  The publication is intended to provide in-depth understanding of nonviolent struggle to individuals in order to enable them to develop effective strategies for their struggles.  Since its publication, it has been translated into Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Italian.


jessica headshot Jessica Drawe, Director of Operations

Jessica Drawe joined the staff of The Albert Einstein Institution in 2010.  She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, including financial and donor management, publications production and distribution, and oversight of volunteers, interns, and staff.

Jessica works closely with the Executive Director and Senior Scholar, editing writing projects, coordinating with translators, preparing reports, appeals, newsletters, grant applications and reporting, and correspondence.

Jessica holds a BA in French and Francophone Studies and a minor in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Alia Braley, Director of ProgramsAlia

Alia Braley holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University where her studies focused on nonviolent action and where her thesis addressed the strategic possibility of a grassroots nonviolent response to ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  She has presented on this topic at Harvard and has co-authored an article on this subject for the Fletcher Security Review.

Prior to her time at the Einstein Institution, Alia was an intern at the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies in Belgrade where she produced a strategic analysis for the Center’s workshops with Egyptian pro-democracy activists.

Prior to coming to Boston, Alia worked as the Chief Operating Officer of a technology start-up company in Colorado, and then for five years as the Administrative Director of a large urban meditation center. She holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Religion, and is competent in Spanish and Sanskrit.

At the Albert Einstein Institution, Alia works closely with the Executive Director to prepare writings, lectures, and presentations for outreach and organizational development.


Christopher D’Urso, Assistant to the Senior Scholar

ChristopheChrisheadshotr D’Urso serves as the Assistant to the Senior Scholar at the Albert Einstein Institution. In this role, he assists Dr. Sharp with writing, editing, research and other publishing duties.

Prior to joining the Albert Einstein Institution Christopher was a professor of political science for more than seven years. He also lived in Brazil and taught courses in Government to Brazilian students.

During his teaching career, Christopher advised and mentored students on democratic and civic participation and international diplomacy.

He has conducted research on the nature of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes and the use of propaganda, intimidation, and violence to coerce members of society to obey.

Christopher holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Northeastern University.