Beshara Doumani (Islamic law in the Arab Middle East)
is an associate professor with the Department of History at UC Berkeley, where he teaches courses on the modern Middle East. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of the Arab East during the late Ottoman period (18th and 19th centuries). He is currently working on history of family life in Palestine and Lebanon, especially issues of women, property, and praxis of Islamic law.
Hallie Fader (ORIAS)
is a summer research assistant at ORIAS and a first year law student at Harvard Law School. She studied European Intellectual History at Brown University and has worked as a research assistant on European-American relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington foreign policy think tank.
Louis Freedberg (Truth and reconciliation in South Africa)
is a senior writer and columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle.
Mary Melissa Grafflin (Confucian law and women's rights in Korea)
recently retired from teaching history at Phillip and Sala Burton High School in San Francisco.
Judy Gruzynski (Classroom workshop on Justinian law)
is a seventh-grade teacher at Mill Valley Middle School, teaching two and a half social studies/language arts core classes, journalism, and World Affairs Challenge. She has taught in Mill Valley for thirteen years with a total of twenty-five teaching years in California. Judy is a regular ORIAS participant.
Jeffrey Hadler (Customary law and the power of women in Indonesia)
is an assistant professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, where he teaches about the history and culture of Southeast Asia. His doctoral dissertation is an ethnographic history of a Sumatran community in the 19th and early 20th centuries that is the world's largest matrilineal Muslim society. His current research includes a history of Jews in the Malay world and an analysis of anti-Semitism and violence in modern Indonesia.
John Hayes (Code of Hammurapi)
is a lecturer in Arabic and Semitic linguistics at UC Berkeley, where he teaches courses on the contemporary Middle East and on Islam. He is a specialist in the linguistic history of the Ancient Near East and the author of A Manual of Sumerian Grammar and Texts (Lancaster, CA: Undena Publications, 2000).
Mujtaba Hussain (Negotiating peace in Kashmir)
is an international human rights attorney and student at Boalt Hall School of Law.
Hildi Kang (Confucian law and women's rights in Korea)
is a research associate at the Center for Korean Studies, UC Berkeley.
Joan Kelley-Williams (ICRC curriculum resources)
directs international programs for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. She is coordinating the "Exploring Humanitarian Law" curriculum program in this region. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul M. Lubeck (Muslim debates about human and gender rights)
is a professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at UC Santa Cruz. He has conducted research in Nigeria, Niger, Malaysia and Egypt. He was introduced to Muslim societies as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, where he organizing rural cooperatives among Muslim peasants.
Shahla Maghzi Ali (Traditional and contemporary family law in China)
is a Ph.D./J.D. student in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. She received her B.A. in international relations and Chinese language in 1998 from Stanford University and her M.A. in consultation and conflict resolution from Landegg University. She has lived and worked in China, Israel, Siberia, and the United States.
Rita Maran (Human rights)
is a lecturer in international human rights with Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley. She is also president of the East Bay Chapter and vice president of the Northern California Division of the United Nations Association-USA. She is the author of Torture: The Role of Ideology in the French Algerian War (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1989) and has served as a human rights analyst for the OSCE in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Laurent Mayali (Comparative law and the Western tradition)
is the Lloyd M. Robbins Professor of Law, director of the Comparative Legal Studies Program, and director of the Robbins Religious and Civil Law Collection at the Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. In 1997, he was elected to a chair in "Roman Christianity and sources of modern Law" at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, at the Sorbonne in Paris.
Trevor Nakagawa (General Yamashita and the theory of command responsibility)
is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley.
Cam Nguyen (Literature and censorship in Vietnam)
is a Ph.D. candidate in the Group of Asian Studies and teaches Vietnamese language and literature at UC Berkeley. Her recent publications include "Dumb Luck: A Novel by Vu Trong Phung," translator (University of Michigan Press, 2003); "Crossing the River: Short Fiction by Nguyen Huy Thiep," co-editor and translator (Consortium, 2002); and "Two Cakes Fit for a King: Folktales from Vietnam," compiler, editor and translator (University of Hawaii Press, 2003).
Raka Ray (Gender issues in South Asia)
is an associate professor of sociology and South and Southeast Asia studies and is chair of the Center for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley. Her areas of specialization are gender and feminist theory, social movements, and relations between dominant and subaltern groups in India. She is also an editor of Feminist Studies and a member of the Bay Area-based India Relief and Education Fund.
Jeffrey Riegel (Legalism in Ancient China)
is a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UC Berkeley, where he specializes in ancient Chinese literature and thought. He is also chair of Berkeley's Center for Chinese Studies. Among his many publications is The Annals of Lu Buwei (Stanford University Press, 2001), which he co-authored.
Alex M. Saragoza (Aztec rule)
is a professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He has published widely on Mexican economic and social history and is currently at work on a book on the history of tourism in Mexico from the 1930s to 1970s, including the uses of the indigenous cultural past as a source of the Mexican imaginary.
Emily Shaw (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia)
is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. Her work focuses on political psychology and international relations.
Rachel Shigekane (International human rights)
is the senior program officer of the Human Rights Center and a lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley.
Rabbi Yair Silverman (Jewish law)
is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley as well as a member of the international Jewish discourse project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University, he also holds a Bachelors in Philosophy and Masters in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University.
Alexander von Rospatt (Hindu caste system)
is a professor of Buddhist studies with the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. He specializes in the doctrinal history of Indian Buddhism and in Newar Buddhism, the only Indic Mahayana tradition that continues to persist in its original South Asian setting (in the Kathmandu Valley) right to the present.
David Wolff (GULAG)
is a senior research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He is also a visiting research associate of ISEEES and author of To the Harbin Station (Stanford, 1999) and Le KGB et les nationalismes baltes (Editions Belin, 2004 forthcoming).
Darren Zook (Justice and violence in South Asia)
is a lecturer with the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. His research interests include human rights, comparative Asian politics, international law, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He is currently at work on a book-length manuscript on the legal and political dimensions of decolonization and its legacy for global politics.