Freedman directs the Mailman School’s Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Program, a global program of research, policy analysis, and technical support that, since 1999, has worked with UN agencies, NGOs, and governments in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and in the United States, to reduce maternal mortality. Before joining the faculty at Columbia University in 1990, Freedman worked as a practicing attorney in New York City. Freedman has published widely on issues of maternal mortality and on health and human rights, with a particular focus on gender and women’s health. Freedman also serves on the advisory boards of maternal health projects and human rights projects with programs in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Freedman received a law degree (JD) from Harvard University, a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree (BA) from Yale University.