Job Title: Co-Founder and Research Associate Contact Details: Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House (QEH), University of Oxford
Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB
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Prof. John Hammock is co-founder and Research Associate of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. Through 2015 he was Associate Professor of Public Policy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. He is an Adjunct Faculty of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. He is Assistant Treasurer of the Human Development Capability Association. He founded and was director of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. He served as Executive Director at Oxfam America from 1984-1995 and as Executive Director at ACCION International from 1973-1980. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Tufts University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Denison University.

Areas of Expertise

Ethics and human development; humanitarian aid; community and participatory development; Latin American development; NGO management, socially responsible enterprise.


BA, Denison University;
MALD and PhD in international relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Selected Publications

Wilson, A., Barham, A., and Hammock, J. Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid. Global Equity Initiative, Harvard, 2008.

Hammock J. (with Perez, G.), Testimonios de familias migrantes salvadoreñas: Pobreza y trabajo, Cambridge, MA: Centro Presente, 2006.

Hammock, J., An open approach to living with cancer, Philadelphia: Xlibris Press, 2004.

Hammock, J., Harinarayan, A. “Debt relief: giving poor countries a second chance,” in Ian T. Douglas I and Pui-Lan K. (eds.), Beyond post-colonial Anglicanism. New York: Church Publishing, Inc., 2001.

Hammock J., Natsios A., “Introduction to famine,” in F. Cuny, and R.B.  Hill (eds.), Famine, conflict and response: a basic guide, West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press, 1999.

Hammock J. and Charny J. R., “Emergency response as morality play: the media, the relief agencies, and the need for capacity building,” in R. I. Rotberg and T. G.  Weiss (eds.), From massacres to genocide: the media, public policy, and humanitarian crises. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution. Cambridge, MA: The World Peace Foundation, 1996.

Youth and Adolescents in Complex Emergency: A UNHCR Workshop Proceedings, The Famine Center, 1998.

Coping with Crisis, Coping with Aid: Capacity Building, Coping Mechanisms and Dependency, The Famine Center, 1997.

Landmines: An Overview, The Famine Center, 1996.

Hammock, J., and Ashe, J., Hablan Líderes Campesinos del Ecuador, Gráfica Murillo, 1970.