Brook Hefright has extensive expertise in the areas of language and society in China; sociolinguistics; linguistic anthropology; language contact; documentation, description, and revitalization of endangered and minority languages. International affairs professional with experience managing humanitarian diplomacy and assistance programs and representing the United States in China, Russia, and the former Soviet Union, and Europe. He is a trained translator and proficient in Chinese, Russian, and German.
Applied fieldwork expertise to develop corpora in support of automatic speech recognition for Cantonese, Vietnamese, Lithuanian, Kazakh, Georgian, and other under-resourced languages as researcher under IARPA-sponsored BABEL Support project (2011-2016).
Coordinated refugee and migration policy across U.S. government agencies and managed $120 million in humanitarian assistance for Bangladesh and nearly $3 million for India and Nepal for more than 1.3 million beneficiaries as Program Officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2016-2021).
Represented the United States in Southwest China, reported on human rights and religious freedom in politically sensitive Tibet, and monitored $100,000 annual development assistance to U.S. and local NGOs as Political-Economic Officer at U.S. Consulate General Chengdu (2003-2005).