Cyrus J. O'Brien F'20

Cyrus J. O'Brien
Research Associate
American Civil Liberties Union

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows 2020
American Civil Liberties Union
Appointed as Research Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union
PhD, Anthropology and History, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

For 100 years, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has served as the guardian of American liberty. Through its national headquarters and affiliates in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC, the ACLU works daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. It is evolving from an organization of lawyers and advocates into a larger coalition of people fighting together for what’s right and seeks to be the place where people, no matter their political affiliation, can come to take action. As part of the Policy Research Team, the Research Fellow will collaborate with colleagues across the organization in the development, execution, and dissemination of policy research. The fellow will work on several projects in various stages of development and execution, including a long-term study on public defense reforms with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, the Justice Division of National Political Advocacy Department, the Racial Justice Legal Project, the Analytics Department, and several state affiliates. The Research Fellow will collaborate with Communications staff on audience identification, key messages, and dissemination strategies.