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 ARI BRYEN is an Assistant Professor of History at West Virgina State University.  He came to WVU after holding an ACLS New Faculty Fellowship in the Departments of Rhetoric and Classics at UC Berkeley, and a Visiting Research Scholarship at NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.  He earned a Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Chicago, where he wrote his dissertation on interpersonal violence in Roman-period Egypt.  His interests in ancient legal documents have led him to ask about the role of law and courts in day-to-day life in Rome's provinces, and in imperial encounters in general.  Working with ancient documents has also given him an interest in historical methodology, that is, in the array of humanistic and social-scientific reading techniques for extracting new answers and questions from old, fragmentary, and occasionally intractable bits of ancient trash.  This has involved looking at processes of drafting and archiving, interpreting visual and literary modes of presenting legal information, and of tracing how stories about laws, courts, and rulers come to be redacted and retold by non-elite actors. 

 HALEY DUSCHINSKI is an Associate Professor in Ohio University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She earned her Ph.D. in Social/Medical Anthropology from Harvard University in 2004.  Her dissertation was entitled "Inconstant Homelands: Violence, Storytelling, and Community Politics among Kashmiri Hindu Migrants in New Delhi, India." Her interests include violence, war, and militarization; human rights; theories of exclusion; transitional justice; and rule of law in cross-cultural contexts, with special attention to South Asia.  She is particularly interested in the circulation and localization of concepts of rights and rule of law and the legal production of political consequences in conflict and post-conflict societies.  Her current ethnographic project examines contested meanings and formations of human rights that are emerging at the local level in Kashmir Valley in the context of the ongoing peace process in India and Pakistan.  Her scholarship has appeared in Anthropological Quarterly, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Cultural Studies, International Journal of Hindu Studies, and the Indian human rights magazine Combat Law.  Her courses include Anthropology of Violence and Peace, Anthropology of Human Rights, Anthropology for Social Change, Cultures of South Asia, and Applied Anthropology, and she is Director of the Anthropology Internship Program at OU.  Dr. Duschinski received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University and her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina. She is 2007 recipient of the University Professor Award, and 2009 recipient of the Graselli Brown Teaching Award.

ERIKA GEORGE, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, is an alumna of the ABF Summer Research Diversity Fellowship Program. She earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Professor George served as a law clerk for Judge William T. Hart on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as a litigation associate for the law firms of Jenner & Block in Chicago and Coudert Brothers LLP in New York City, and as a fellow and later consultant to Human Rights Watch. In connection with her work with Human Rights Watch, Professor George conducted investigations in South Africa on women’s rights, children’s rights, violence, the right to education, and abuses related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She wrote a book-length report, Scared at School: Sexual Violence Against Girls in South African Schools, which received widespread media coverage in South Africa and internationally. She currently serves as special counsel to the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.

Her research interests include globalization and the indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated nature of civil liberties and socioeconomic rights; cultural pluralism and rights universalism; gender violence and gender equality; justice and peace promotion in post-conflict societies; environmental justice; and the use of documentary film in human rights advocacy and education. Her current research explores the responsibility of multinational corporations to respect international human rights and various efforts to hold corporations accountable for alleged violations of such rights. She has presented her research internationally, addressing audiences in Europe, Africa, and South America.

Professor George serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of State Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, and as a member of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. She was co-chair of the Africa Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and a founding Advisory Board Member of the University of Utah’s Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy.

Professor George teaches Constitutional Law, International Human Rights Law, International Environmental Law, and Civil Procedure. In 2007 she was awarded the College of Law’s Early Career Award.

BECKY PETTIT is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington and teaches courses on social inequality and stratification, sociology of the family, and statistics.  She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University and a B.A. in sociology from University of California at Berkeley.   She is a sociologist, trained in demographic methods, with interests in social inequality (broadly defined).  Past and present projects investigate the role of institutional factors in explaining differential labor market opportunities and aggregate patterns of inequality.  One line of research has examined race and class inequality in the likelihood of spending time in prison and the implications of the growth of the American penal population on the labor market opportunities and experiences of low-skill men in the United States.  Another line of research explores how gender inequality in the workplace is institutionalized by state and market policies and practices that regulate, routinize and reinforce gender differences in involvement in the paid labor force, occupation, and pay especially in relation to family obligations. 

Pettit is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles.  Gendered Tradeoffs (Russell Sage Foundation 2009), with Jennifer Hook, examines how gender and family obligations influence economic inequalities in 21 advanced industrialized countries.  Invisible Men (Russell Sage Foundation, Forthcoming) argues that our national data systems – and the social facts they produce – overestimate the well-being of African American men.  Surveys, including the Current Population Survey, used to gauge social and economic well-being often draw their samples from individuals living in households.  People who are institutionalized are commonly excluded.  The incarcerated population has grown dramatically over the past 40 years and incarceration is disproportionately concentrated among low-skill black men.  In the book, Pettit details how basic statistics on education, employment, earnings, voting, and health are biased by the sample selection effects of mass incarceration.

Pettit has been the recipient of many honors and awards.  Her paper “Black-White Wage Inequality, Employment Rates, and Incarceration” (with Bruce Western of Harvard University) received the James Short paper award from the American Sociological Association Crime, Law, and Deviance Section.  Another paper “Mass Imprisonment and the Life Course:  Race and Class Inequality in U.S. Incarceration” (with Western) received Honorable Mention from the American Sociological Association Sociology of Law Section Article Prize Committee.  And, a paper with Jennifer Hook (now a research associate at Partners for Our Children) was a finalist for the 2006 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.   Pettit has been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, Northwestern University and the American Bar Foundation, and is the recipient of a mentored research development award (K01) from the National Institutes of Health (NICHD) for her work on “Institutionalizing Inequality:  Gender, Work and Family.”  Pettit is the Editor of Social Problems, the official journal of the Society of the Study of Social Problems.

Assistant Professor of Law NADIA N. SAWICKI joined the Loyola University Chicago faculty in 2009.  She received both a JD degree and a Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and practiced law with Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen in Philadelphia. During this period she also served as a lecturer in History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Immediately prior to joining Loyola, Professor Sawicki was the inaugural George Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught bioethics and public health law.

Her primary fields of expertise are bioethics and health law. Her scholarship evaluates recent developments in health law from two perspectives: one through the lens of legal academic inquiry, and the other grounded in ethical theory generally with particular focus on bioethics. As a legal scholar, she considers whether legislative, judicial, and policy developments in the medical and public health arenas are consistent with existing jurisprudence - for example, whether traditional tort law conceptions of injury support the recognition of novel torts such as wrongful birth and wrongful living. In addition, she uses her training in bioethics and moral philosophy to consider these developments from a broader normative perspective - that is, by identifying the ethical principles underlying social and professional norms, and determining the extent to which lawmakers and policymakers may rightfully take these norms into account.

Professor Sawicki has published in both traditional law reviews and in peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics, including rights of conscientious objection, communication methods in informed consent, professional discipline by state medical boards, the use of tort law as an incentive for appropriate medical treatment in end-of-life and reproductive care, and the medical community's role in supporting social goals. Professor Sawicki regularly presents her work at law faculty workshops throughout the country, and at the annual conferences of the American Society for Law, Medicine, and Ethics and the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities. She serves as a member of the editorial board for the MIT Press "Basic Bioethics" Series.

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