2007 Frank Church Symposium Delegates

A list of current delegates and short biography.

Elizabeth Cartwright, Claude d’Estrée, Stephanie Farrior, Erich Frankland, Luara Lederer, Susan McKay, Marilou McPhedran, Charlotte Ponticelli, Peter Singer, Jassal Smita

Elizabeth Cartwright

Dr. Cartwright is a Medical Anthropologist with many years of experience working in health-related research in Latin America and the U.S.   She is currently an Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology at Idaho State University where she teaches and directs the Hispanic Health Projects —a bilingual, binational team of researchers and community members focusing on diabetes, cancer, nutrition and domestic violence in the Hispanic community near Pocatello, Idaho.  Her past research includes studying migration and health among the Amuzgo Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico. Dr. Cartwright has numerous publications in the field of social science/medicine. She is the co-editor (with Dr. Pascale Allotey) of Women's Health: New Frontiers in Advocacy & Social Justice Research (2007, Haworth Press).

She has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Colegio de Sonora, in Hermosillo, Mexico an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Rural Health Studies at Idaho State University and a visiting academic at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Claude d’Estrée

Professor d'Estrée is a Visiting Professor of Law at the Graduate School of International Studies and a former Visiting Professor at the Sturm College of Law, as well as a former Visiting Scholar for the departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies. He is currently doing research and writing in several areas related to GSIS. As a Senior Fellow in the Institute on Globalization and Security his focus is on law and civil liberties as it pertains to homeland and national security. His passion and main area of research is human trafficking/contemporary slavery/forced labor. In that capacity he is the Chair of the DU Task Force on Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking and is the Senior Advisor to the Colorado Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking. Another main area of Professor d’Estrée’s interests in teaching and research is international humanitarian law of armed conflict (IHL/LOAC). Professor d'Estrée also studies comparative spirituality and the role that religion plays in international conflicts and conflict resolution. He is the Buddhist Chaplain at DU.


Stephanie Farrior

Professor Farrior is a leading figure in the field of international human rights law. She is former Legal Director and general counsel of Amnesty International, the worldwide human rights organization. Based at its International Secretariat in London, she oversaw Amnesty International's legal work during the extradition hearings phase of the Pinochet case, met with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on a range of issues, and worked closely with numerous United Nations human rights bodies.

Professor Farrior's scholarly research focuses on the role and functioning of international organizations in protecting human rights, issues relating to identity-based discrimination, and state accountability for human rights abuses by non-state actors. She is also actively engaged in writing and teaching about the use of international human rights standards in advocacy for racial and economic justice in the United States, a subject on which the NAACP invited her to speak at its 2004 Annual Convention. Professor Farrior’s work has been published in Harvard, Columbia, and Berkeley law journals and has been cited by several UN special rapporteurs in their studies and reports to the United Nations. She is currently working on a book on the scrutiny of human rights issues in the U.S. by international and regional human rights bodies, an article exploring theories of “due diligence” in human rights law, an article analyzing the use by U.S. state courts of international human rights standards, and a review of two books on human rights in Asia.

Prior to joining the faculty of Penn State, Professor Farrior was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. Previously she worked as a lobbyist in Washington DC on civil liberties issues. She has taught international law courses at Oxford, George Washington and American universities, and been a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center. She also delivered the Fourth Annual Owen M. Kupferschmid Lecture at Boston College Law School, titled “International Human Rights Mechanisms to Combat Racial Discrimination: An Assessment.”

Professor Farrior has conducted human rights missions to India, Malawi, Pakistan and Yemen, and has participated in policy-making conferences on international human rights in Cape Town, Ljubljana, London, Oslo, Paris and Yokohama. She co-founded the Amnesty International Lawyers Network and served on the founding Board of Directors of the Center for Justice and Accountability, which helps survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses hold their persecutors accountable. She recently worked with the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women in Bangkok, conducting a workshop for members of women's rights organizations from the Asia-Pacific region. She also spoke on state responsibility for violence against women at the 50th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.

Born in Bangkok, Professor Farrior grew up there and in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Washington DC; she has also lived in Athens, Avignon and London. She speaks French, Greek, Japanese and some Spanish. She teaches courses on international law, international organizations, international human rights, gender and human rights, and torts. In 2006 she was honored with the Minority Law Students Association’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement.


Erich Frankland

Erich Frankland is currently a member of the Political Science and History faculties at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.  He also is the Director of the International Studies Program and on various college organizations dealing with international and multicultural groups and activities. In particular, he has served as the Director of the annual Multicultural Film Festival since 2000, in which he has frequently served as a humanities scholar for post-film discussions. In addition, he currently serves as the President of the Faculty Senate and is the former President of the Wyoming Faculty Alliance.  Frankland is an award winning educator who has been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for his efforts. He is also active in the community including serving as a political consultant to the media, as Director of the Casper Committee on Foreign Relations, and as a member of the Casper Planning and Zoning Commission. Frankland's work on nationalism, political violence, security, democratization, and other issues has been widely published in a range of professional texts and journals including European Security, Publius, East European Quarterly, and Small Wars and Insurgencies. His most recent co-authored publication is the Global Studies: Europe from McGraw-Hill. His current research focuses upon minority nationalism, political violence, and environmental politics. Frankland completed his graduate work in political science at the University of Oklahoma and his undergraduate work in politics and history at Earlham College (Indiana) and Westminster College (England).

Alana Jeydel

Professor Alana Jeydel earned her MA and PhD at American University in Washington, D.C.  From 2000-2005 she was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at Sonoma State University and volunteers as a chef for the Padmasambhava Peace Institute in Cazadero, CA.  Her research and teaching interests are inter-disciplinary in nature and focus primarily on the women's movement in the US and the status of women in politics globally.  Her dissertation, Political Women: The Women’s Movement, Political Institutions and the Battle for Woman Suffrage and the ERA, was published with Routledge Press in 2004. It examines the conditions under which the women's movement gained access to and response from political elites in the US government. While writing her dissertation on the women's movement in the United States, she received a Dirksen Congressional Center Research Fellowship to complete her research at the Library of Congress and the Shlessinger Library in Cambridge, MA.   Her most recent book, Participation and Protest: Women and Politics in a Global World, co-authored with Sarah Henderson, examines the impact women have had on politics globally as well as the impact that politics has on women. It was published with OUP in 2007.  To assist in the writing and research of this book, she was awarded a Center for the Humanities Fellowship at Oregon State University in 2003.  Dr. Jeydel has also published articles on the status of women in US politics and their impact on the US Congress.

While at Oregon State University, Dr. Jeydel was a member of the
President’s Commission on the Status of Women which explored and addressed issues related to the status of women faculty and staff at OSU.  And she also served on the Women’s Center Advisory Panel that advised the Women’s Center at OSU.

Laura Lederer

Laura J. Lederer received her B.A. (Magna cum laude) in Comparative Religions from the University of Michigan. After ten years in philanthropy as Director of Community and Social Concerns at a private foundation, she continued her education at the University of San Francisco Law School and DePaul College of Law, and received her Juris Doctorate in June 1994. In 1997 she received the Gustavus Meyers Center for Study of Human Rights Annual Award for Outstanding Work on Human Rights for her work on harmful speech issues. She is the editor of Take Back the Night, published in 1980 by William and Morrow (hardcover) and Bantam Books (paperback), and The Price We Pay: The Case Against Racist Speech, Hate Propaganda, and Pornography, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1995, and the author of numerous articles on trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of women and children. She founded and directed The Protection Project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997. At the invitation of then Dean Paul Wolfowitz, The Project moved to Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2000. 

She is Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center where she teaches a course on International Trafficking of Persons. This is an LLM seminar style class that covers U.S. federal and state laws on trafficking; foreign national anti-trafficking law; international instruments addressing trafficking.  The course also examines the global scope of the trafficking problem including trafficking routes and patterns; the similarities and differences between sex and labor trafficking; the relationship of human trafficking to drug and arms trafficking; trafficking and terrorism; the public health implications of trafficking, including the link between HIV/AIDS and trafficking; child sex tourism; trafficking as a women’s issue; trafficking and international migration for work; transnational issues in trafficking such as international peacekeeping, corruption, money-laundering, international adoption, and more.

Currently, she serves as Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons to Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky. She advises the Under Secretary for Global Affairs on policy considerations, programs, and plans for trafficking in persons and represents the Under Secretary at high-level national and foreign national meetings. She designs and implements special projects on trafficking such as the public health implications of trafficking, and more. She speaks extensively at conferences, seminars, and other gatherings on behalf of the Under Secretary. She is also the executive director of a U.S. Government Senior Policy Operating Group on Trafficking, which consists of senior policy officials from Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and twelve other U.S. government agencies that play a vital role in addressing trafficking.

Susan McKay

Susan McKay, Ph.D. is a psychologist, nurse and Professor of Women’s and International Studies at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming, USA.  For almost two decades, she has taught and researched issues focused upon women, girls, and armed conflict, women and peacebuilding, and feminist issues in peace psychology.  She has published more than 75 books, book chapters, and articles.  Recent books include Where Are the Girls? Girls in Fighting Forces in Northern Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Mozambique, Their Lives During and After War (2004), The Courage Our Stories Tell: The Daily Lives and Maternal Child Health Care of Japanese-American Women at Heart Mountain (2002), Raising Women’s Voices for Peacebuilding: Vision, Impact, and Limitations of Media Technologies (2001) and Women and Peacebuilding (1999). McKay’s current funding comes from UNICEF West Africa, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Oak Foundation to study issues related to formerly-abducted girl soldiers in Northern Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia who return from fighting forces with children. She is past President of the Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Recent awards include the U.W. Presidential Faculty Achievement Award for Research (2000), designation as a fellow of the American Psychological Association (2002), College of Arts and Sciences Extraordinary Merit in Research (1999, 2003, 2006) and Seibold Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences (2003–2004).


Marilou McPhedran

Co-Director, C.M., B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (LL.D. HONORIS CAUSA). Marilou McPhedran applies extensive experience and interdisciplinary skills in law, organizational development, grants management, fundraising and social science methodology, to strengthen and promote women's legal rights as a primary means of enhancing opportunities for women to participate in the economic, social and political dimensions of society, particularly during times of reform and reconstruction. Ancillary skills include designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems for social justice programs at the international, national and local levels. As the founder and now Co-Director of the International Women's Rights Project at the University Of Victoria, she has provided leadership to women's rights and governance programs related to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Bahamas, Nepal, Pakistan, Swaziland and Ukraine. As a founder of the Canadian Coalition for Afghan Women (during the Taliban regime) she designed and managed a mentorship program with an intergenerational governance and leadership training program, which became the springboard for Afghan Canadian women returning to Afghanistan to assist in reconstruction after the fall of the Taliban. Marilou currently provides strategic counsel to the Canadian Council of Muslim Women resisting the use of sharia law in family law matters in Ontario. As a founder of Canadian civil society organizations using mechanisms that focus on empowerment of women through drafting and developing implementation strategies predicated on women's equality principles as essential components to the modern rule of law, she managed the infrastructure needed to conduct qualitative research for evidence based advocacy including public legal education and constitutional test case litigation. She has developed and directed initiatives for gender based analysis and training to improve law enforcement capacity to address violence against women, including sexual abuse by persons in authority and has revamped a cyber network for community/academic social science researchers and advocates on women's health and justice. She was awarded the Order of Canada for her leadership on the Ad Hoc Committee on Women and the Constitution, the event that changed Canadian history by including equality in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She was the Conference Chair of the celebration of this event, 25 years later, in February 2006 in Ottawa. In 2005, Marilou was appointed to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Beginning in 2007, Marilou will be the Ariel F. Sallows Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.


Peter Singer

Peter Warren Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He is the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings’s 90-year history. In 2005, CNN named him to their “New Guard” List of the Next Generation of Newsmakers.

Dr. Singer is considered one of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He has written for the full range of major media and journals, including the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Current History, Survival, International Security, Parameters, Weltpolitik, and the World Policy Journal. He has been quoted in every major U.S. newspaper and news magazine and delivered talks at venues ranging from the U.S. Congress to over 35 universities around the world. He has provided commentary on military affairs for nearly every major TV and radio outlet, including Nightline, Al Jazeera, BBC, 60 Minutes, CNN, FOX, NPR, and the Today Show. He is also a founder and organizer of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global conference that brings together leaders from across the US and the Muslim world.

His first book Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (Cornell University Press, 2003) was the first to explore the new industry of private companies providing military services for hire, an issue that soon became important with the use and abuse of these companies in Iraq. The book, originally planed for a 500 copy print run, has sold over 35,000 copies, gone through 3 print runs and a paperback version, as well as being translated into Japanese, Korean, Urdu, and Italian. It was named best book of the year by the American Political Science Association, among the top five international affairs books of the year by the Gelber Prize, and a “top ten summer read” by Businessweek. It is now in the assigned texts at venues ranging from Yale Law School to the Army War College. Singer continues to serve as a resource on the private military issue to the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Defense, CIA, and European Union and he helped bring to light the role of private contractors in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and the Halliburton contract controversies in Iraq. Singer’s work was featured in the History Channel documentary Soldiers for Hire and he served as a consultant on the topic for the TV drama The West Wing.

Dr. Singer’s most recent book, Children at War (Pantheon, 2005), explored the rise of another new force in modern warfare, child soldier groups. Dr. Singer’s “fascinating” (New York Post) and “landmark” (Newsweek) work was the first book to comprehensively explore the compelling and tragic rise of child soldier groups and was recognized by the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book of the Year Award. His commentary on the issue was featured in a variety of venues ranging from NPR and Fox News to Defense News and People. Dr. Singer has served as a consultant on the issue to the U.S. Marine Corps and Congress, and the recommendations in his book resulted in recent changes in the UN peacekeeping training program. An accompanying A&E/History Channel documentary of the same title is presently being filmed.

Dr. Singer’s next research project will look at the implications of robotics and other new technologies for war in the 21st century.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Singer was founding Director of the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World at the Saban Center at Brookings. He has also worked for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, the Balkans Task Force in the U.S. Department of Defense, the International Peace Academy, and was a policy task force coordinator for the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign. Singer received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and previously attended the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


Smita Tewari Jassal

Smita Tewari Jassal is an anthropologist who teaches Gender and Development at Columbia University in New York City. She has taught at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, and American University’s School of International Service in Washington D.C.

She has also lectured at University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and Haifa University in Israel.

She was Visiting Fellow at the Truman Institute for Peace, Hebrew University Jerusalem (2002-05) and Senior Fellow at the Center for Women’s Development Studies (1995-2002). At the Truman Center, she was part of a 12-member study group to assess the possibilities of a process of Truth and Reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis.

She is the author of Daughters of the Earth: Women and Land In Uttar Pradesh (2001, Manohar). The book showed women’s relationship to land from historical, anthropological and socio-legal perspectives, the underlying assumption being the legal title to own land as well as exercise control over it as a productive resource, have hitherto been denied to them. The institutionalization of gender inequalities and patriarchies and the role of states in reproducing them is a theme that runs through the book. She is also the co-editor (with Eyal Ben-Ari) of The Partition Motif In Contemporary Conflicts (2007, Sage Publications). Her forthcoming book explores gender constructs and oral traditions of marginalized castes and communities. The volume's examination of the shared theme of partition becomes a search for cross-cultural resonance designed to facilitate ‘listening for echoes’ that connect the diverse settings being explored.

Besides being an excellent anthropologist, for a couple of years she was a freelance art critic in Moscow, Russia. She has also been a Script Adviser and Brochure writer for the international musical Bharati. The show premiered in Tel Aviv in 2005 and is now traveling in Europe

She speaks three foreign languages including Hindi, Russian, and Bhojpuri. She has been happily married to Ambassador Raminder Singh Jassal for many years and the couple has two sons.