Larissa Fast

Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Larissa Fast is Science and Technology Policy Fellow (2014–2016) with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is author of Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). Visit http://aidindanger.org and http://larissafast.weebly.com for more information about her work. Follow her on Twitter at @aidindanger.


  • Unpacking the principle of humanity: Tensions and implications

    Humanity is at once the most universally and uncritically accepted humanitarian principle. It is not, however, without controversy. This article defines the principle of humanity and then explores its inherent tensions, related to universality and particularism, inclusion and exclusion, and equality and inequality. The article concludes with a call to operationalize and concretize humanity through three sets of transformative practices and everyday actions. Together these embody the relational nature of humanity, and suggest ways forward in reforming humanitarianism.