Sheila Dauer | The New School for Public Engagement
  • Faculty

    Sheila Dauer

    Part-Time Faculty, International Affairs

    PhD., Anthropology, 1984, University of Pennsylvania

    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.

    Courses Taught

    Women's Rights

    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.

    Recent Presentations/Exhibits

     2014 Led training session: “CEDAW: Making women’s rights real” 5th Escuela Internacional, EPES, Educacion Popular en Salud. 2-week Training course, Popular Education in Health, Dignity, Empowerment and Equity: Participatory and Community-Based Strategies for Health, January 13-24, 2014. Santiago, Chile.

    2012 American Ethnological Society, Spring meeting, Roundtable presenter, “Mind the Gap: Anthropologists as Human Rights Practitioners”. April 2012, New York, NY.

    2012 Panel presenter, “The concept of gender-based violence: problems and advances in policy” Society for Applied Anthropology, Annual Meeting, March 2012, Baltimore, MD.

    2011 Guest lecturer. Univ. of TN, Knoxville. 38th Annual Visiting Lecture Series, “Anthropology in the Public Sphere: (Re)Defining Research and Practice for the 21st Century.” Presentation Titles: Gender violence: Advances and Problems in Policy; Making Rights Real.

    2010 Panel Chair/Organizer. “Gender, Violence and Human Rights”. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 11/20/10, New Orleans, LA.

    2009 “Human Rights’ Best Allies: Survivors of Violence and Discrimination, Service Providers and Human Rights NGOs in the USA.” Conference sponsored by Human Rights Institute and University of Connecticut Law School, October.

    2008 “Domestic Violence from the Perspective of the Human Rights Framework.” Keynote speech. 30th Anniversary Meeting of NYS Coalition against Domestic Violence, April 29, 2008, Albany, NY.