Sheila Dauer - Part-time Lecturer
  • Faculty

    Sheila Dauer

    Part-time Lecturer


    Sheila Dauer, former Director of AIUSA’s Women’s Human Rights Program during the program’s existence from October 1997 to end December, 2008, was on the staff of AIUSA from 1979 to 2008. Since 1988, as a charter member of an AIUSA Taskforce on Women’s Human Rights, she worked with both AI international research office and other national sections to develop AI’s policy, action and publications on women’s human rights. In 1991, she prepared AI's first international report on women's human rights, Women in the Front Line. She served as Theme Advisor to AIUSA’s Stop Violence Against Women Campaign (2004-2008), developing strategies and actions on multiple countries and issues around violence against women. Dr. Dauer, who holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology, carried out fieldwork for two years in Tanzania. She is an emeritus member of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee for Human Rights and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. She teaches in New York City at The New School for Public Engagement’s Graduate Program in International Affairs and Columbia Teachers College Department of Social Studies. She is on the Board of Directors of Action for Health in the Americas, a support NGO for EPES, Educacion Popular en Salud, Chile.

    Recent Publications:

    2014 Special edition. Anthropological approaches to gender-based violence and human rights. Sheila Dauer, “Introduction.” Gendered Perspectives in International Development. June 2014.

    2008 “Domestic Violence from the Perspective of the Human Rights Framework.” Keynote Speech. 30th Anniversary Conference, New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Albany, NY, April 29, 2008.

    2007 “Violence against women: an obstacle to equality” at Keynote Speech at University of Maryland Law School Conference on Global Advancement of Women: Barriers and Best Practices. University of Maryland Law School Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class.

    2006 “Violence against Women and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Africa.” Human Rights Review, Vol. 7, Number 2, January-March 2006, pp. 85-94.

    Research Interests:

    History of the development and integration of women’s human rights in the international law system; Use of CEDAW and other treaties to advance women’s human rights; integration of women’s social and economic rights into women’s human rights; history, impact and current role of NGOs in advancement of human rights: controversies and best practices; Translating human rights principles into protections for women at the local level; development of civil society activism for the advancement of women’s equality.