Part-Time Faculty, International Affairs
Sheila Dauer, founder and 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 and US staff, board and volunteer leaders 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. As Acting National Campaign Director in 1995, she directed AIUSA's campaigns on Nigeria, Indonesia, China, and Women's Human Rights concurrent with the UN 4th World Conference on Women. From 2002 on, 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 and received two research fellowships, one from the National Institute of Mental Health and a Ford Foundation Fellowship on Women's Studies. She is an emeritus member of the American Anthropological Association's Committee for Human Rights currently organizing a Task Group on gender for the Committee. She teaches at Columbia University Teachers College and The New School for General Studies. She has also taught international women's human rights at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.