Dr. Brad Klein

Associate Director


Office: 109 Clements Hall
Phone: 214-768-3241
Email: kleinb@smu.edu

Educational Background

University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology (PhD, 2012), University of San Diego (MA, 2008, 2006), Marquette University (BA, 2002)


Dr. Brad Klein is the Associate Director of the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program. He is a human rights and environmental justice scholar-activist specializing in community development, ethical leadership, and social change.

Klein manages the day to day operations of the Human Rights Program. Some of his responsibilities include running the Human Rights Fellowship, planning the Triumph of the Spirit Awards Celebration, advising the Human Rights Council, and serving on the Human Diversity Curriculum Committee. Courses he offers include HRTS 4343 Ethics and Human Rights, HRTS 1101 Foundations of Community, Diversity, and Inclusion, and HRTS 4392 Eating, Environment, and Ethics.

Klein has taught extensively at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. He has provided leadership to activism, development, education, policy, and research efforts throughout the United States and in many global locations, including Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Poland, South Africa, and Vietnam. His work uses critical, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and practical approaches to address a wide range of issues such as conflict resolution, cultural psychology, diversity education, food and water justice, gender and LGBTQ equality, human trafficking, Indigenous rights, intergroup dialogue, neocolonialism, the pedagogy of privilege, political ecology, restorative justice, sustainable development, and torture.

Klein holds a doctorate in Religious and Theological Studies (with a concentration in Religion and Social Change) from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, master's degrees in Peace and Justice Studies and in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the University of San Diego, and a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Theology from Marquette University.