Thomas Hilbink

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Thomas Hilbink is a senior program officer for U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations, where he leads strategies to reduce the influence of money in politics and to advance constitutional democracy in the United States.

An expert on the role of law in social change, Hilbink served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He clerked for Judge Stephanie Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and has worked for the ACLU, Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the UN International Law Commission, and SOS Racisme (a Spanish human rights organization).

He is a magna cum laude graduate of NYU School of Law where he was a Root-Tilden Public Interest Scholar. He also holds a PhD from the NYU Institute for Law & Society.