Watson Institute at Brown University
International and Public Affairs
Jennifer Klein

Jennifer Klein

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Jennifer Klein

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Areas of Interest: Domestic women’s issues, including health, economic issues, violence and sexual assault, and sexual harassment and discrimination; global women’s issues, with a particular focus on women’s human rights and integration of women’s issues into international development and diplomacy.


Jennifer Klein is a consultant to non-profits and foundations on domestic and global women’s issues.  She also teaches, most recently at Brown in DC, Yale Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center.  Klein served in both the Obama and Clinton Administrations.  During the Obama Administration, from 2009 to 2013, she was Deputy and Senior Advisor in the Office of Global Women's Issues at the State Department.  During the Clinton Administration, she had a dual appointment in the White House as both Domestic Policy Advisor to the First Lady and Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.  She served as Senior Advisor on Women’s Issues for the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign and transition team.  Early in her career, Klein practiced law at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in New York.  She graduated with honors from Brown University and Columbia Law School, after spending her third year of law school at Yale.  She currently serves on the boards of the International Center for Research on Women, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Brown University School of Public Health.


Brown in DC; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Talks & Media

March 22, 2016 – Women’s Health and Rights:  A Matter of National Security, Brown School of Public Health; Oct 17, 2017 - Investing in Women's Rights to Promote National Security, Watson Institute; upcoming talk at Watson on October 19, 2018 – Insights on Diplomacy.