Patricia Gossman is associate director for the Asia division of Human Rights Watch and oversees the organization’s research and advocacy on Afghanistan. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Dr. Gossman was Director of the Afghanistan Program at the International Center for Transitional Justice on Afghanistan and was the founder and director of the Afghanistan Justice Project, an Open Society Foundation-funded project to document possible war crimes in Afghanistan. She was Senior Researcher for South Asia at Human Rights Watch in the 1990s, covering not only Afghanistan, but India, Pakistan and Nepal.
Dr. Gossman received her doctorate from the University of Chicago. Dr. Gossman is a lecturer at the Brussels School for International Studies at the University of Kent. She is the author of Riots and Victims: Violence and the Construction of Communal Identity among Bengali Muslims, 1905-1947, and numerous reports on human rights in Afghanistan and the South Asia region.