• Flynn Coleman

    Assistant Professor, Assoc. Dir., Strategic Design and Management


    Flynn Coleman is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Strategic Design and Managment at Parsons School of Design. She is also an international human rights attorney, an educator, an author, a public speaker, a social entrepreneur and innovator, an ethical fashion designer, a mindfulness, innovation, and creativity teacher, a social justice activist, a former competitive athlete, and a founder and CEO. 

    Her forthcoming book, A Human Algorithm, will be published in fall 2019. 

    Flynn has worked with the United Nations, the United States Federal Government, and with international corporations, universities, and human rights organizations around the world. She holds a BSFS from Georgetown University, a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also studied at La Sorbonne, the University of Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin, La Universidad de Chile, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal, and Université de Genève. 

    She speaks five languages, and her wanderings have taken her from rebuilding homes and schools in New Orleans and Fiji, to distributing gifts to children in Haiti and school supplies in Guatemala and Ethiopia, to teaching How to Make a Difference in a Mongolian yurt in the English countryside, to huffing up Mount Kilimanjaro with her dad, to zodiac boating in Alaska with her mom. 

    Degrees Held:

    BSFS, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

    JD, UC Berkeley School of Law

    LLM, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Research Interests:

    economic development, international trade, war crimes, gender equality, global literature, behavioral economics, political reconciliation, artificial intelligence, the future of autonomous weaponry and war, ethical design, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, human rights, global citizenship and global justice, refugee and immigration issues, storytelling, redefining success, sustainability, the future of work, purpose, technology, and humanity

    Awards And Honors:

    Honoree of the 2018 NCP Visionary Award

    Council on Foreign Relations Stephen M. Kellen Member

    Henry Luce Scholar

    Designed Good Changemaker

    United Nations Writing Competition Winner

    TEDx Speaker

    Inaugural Recipient of the Women in Sports Award

    Current Courses:

    Design Innovation + Leadership

    Ethical Decisions & Leadership (Fall 2018)

    New Design Firms

    Strategic D+M in New Economies (Fall 2018)