Launched www.memria.org in 2017 to help organizations collect, analyze, and circulate narrative accounts ("stories") with the aim of strengthening human rights. From 2012-2017, he managed the Global Human Rights program at the Ford Foundation. Before that, he worked at the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), where he was among the initial staff members and where he developed work on memory and accountability in countries as diverse as Bosnia, Cambodia, Canada, Ghana, Morocco, and Peru, among others. Additionally, he worked at RFK Human Rights as a member of the Executive Leadership team, and as the director of the European Office. He has consulted with various national and international institutions including the United Nations and various philanthropic foundations in every world region. Bickford is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University and NYU, where he teaches regular graduate seminars on human rights. He has a PhD from McGill University and an MA from the New School, both in Political Science.