Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Faculty Spotlight: Adam Day

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Adam Day is an adjunct associate professor of international and public affairs who will be teaching the course Engaging Non-State Armed Groups: Lessons from the UN and Beyond this semester. Day is an expert in peace operations and the changing nature of armed conflict. He has an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law, an MA in Comparative Literature from Brown University, and is a PhD candidate in War Studies at King’s College London.
Previously Day served for over a decade in UN peace operations, including in Darfur, South Sudan, the Middle East and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as UN Headquarters in New York. He was an international litigator in New York, where he also worked pro bono for the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Guantanamo detainees in their suits against former US officials for torture. Day has recently been published in The Washington Post, International Policy Digest, The Diplomat, Global Observatory, Japan Times, and The Hill. He has forthcoming publications with Palgrave, Oxford University Press and Routledge.
Day is currently the Head of Programs at the Centre for Policy Research at UN University, where he oversees projects on violent extremist groups, peace operations, transitional justice, and conflict trends in the Sahel.