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Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im (from Sudan) is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law, associated professor in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and faculty affiliate at the Emory University Center for Ethics. An internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights and human rights in cross-cultural perspectives, Professor An-Na'im teaches courses in international law, comparative law, human rights and Islamic law. His research interests include constitutionalism in Islamic and African countries, secularism, and Islam and politics. Professor An-Na'im directed the following research projects which focus on advocacy strategies for reform through internal cultural transformation:
The websites for these projects can be accessed through Professor An-Na'im's personal homepage at http://www.law.emory.edu/aannaim.
Professor An-Na'im's current research projects include a study of American Muslims and the secular state, and of human rights, universality and sovereignty. He continues to further develop his theory of Islam and the Secular State (Harvard University Press, 2008), also published in Arabic and Indonesian. Translations of this manuscript in Bengali, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Turkish and Russian, are available for download free of charge at http://sharia.law.emory.edu/.
Rep. Paul Curtman, a Republican, represents parts of Franklin, Jefferson and St. Louis Counties (District 105) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2010.
Professor Eppinger joins SLU LAW with extensive experience in diplomacy. She served nine years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service with tours of duty at the U.S. Consulate General in Kaduna, Nigeria; U.S. Embassy, Kiev, Ukraine; and at the State Department in Washington, D.C. where her responsibilities included policy in the former Soviet Union, Caspian basin energy development, and West African security. Prior to this, she spent two years as a volunteer university instructor in China.
Kathryn E. Fort is the Staff Attorney and Adjunct Professor for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law. She joined the Center in 2005 as the Indigenous Law Fellow. In her role with the Center, she co-teaches an experiential learning class, researches and writes on behalf of Center clients and on topics in federal Indian law and manages administrative aspects of the Center. Ms. Fort has written articles on laches and land claims and the Indian Child Welfare Act. She has recently been published in the George Mason Law Review, and the American Indian Law Review.
Ms. Fort graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law with the Certificate in Indigenous Law, and is licensed to practice law in Michigan. Prior to law school, Ms. Fort worked for Congresswoman Lois Capps' 1998 congressional campaign, the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential race, the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. She received her B.A. in History with honors from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.
Joel Nichols is Associate Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis) and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He recently convened a project of nineteen leading scholars from the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom to consider the future of marriage and divorce jurisdiction. That project will culminate in a major anthology in 2011 to be published by Cambridge University Press, titled Marriage and Divorce in a Multi-Cultural Society: Multi-Tiered Marriage and the Boundaries of Civil Law and Religion. Professor Nichols is also a co-author (with John Witte, Jr., Emory Law School) of Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment, 3d ed. (Westview, 2010). He has also written more than a dozen book chapters and articles, which have appeared in NYU Law Review, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Journal of Law and Religion, and others. His current research involves the engagement of evangelical Christians in human rights.
Professor Nichols served as a law clerk for Judge Gerald Bard Tioflat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida, and then practiced complex civil litigation in Washington, D.C. at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale). He previously taught at Pepperdine Law School, where he was Assistant Professor from 2003-2006, and Associate Professor and Rick J. Caruso Research Fellow in Law in 2006-2007. He has served on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Family and Juvenile Law and the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Law and Religion, and he serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Law and Religion and Aspen Publishers.
Professor Nichols is also heavily invested in human rights, especially through Viva North America. He serves as Chair and Secretary of the Board of Directors for Viva North America and as a Trustee for Viva International (U.K.); assists the International Center in Oxford with organizational strategic planning (for both program and governance); and has provided human rights and leadership training to Viva’s partners in Nairobi, Kenya.
Jelte Olthof (1983) graduated with distinction in history at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) where he currently works on a PhD on rhetoric and history in the political debates on the United States Constitution from the Founding to the Civil War.
SpearIt joined the SLU LAW faculty in 2010, bringing extensive teaching experience, including certification in college and university teaching. Previously he served as a teaching assistant at Harvard University, University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of California, Berkeley. In addition, SpearIt taught undergraduate courses for several years at the Law & Society Program at UC Santa Barbara, including Criminal Justice, Social Theory & Law, God Behind Bars, and Law & Society. As a law student, he taught undergraduates in addition to teaching inmates for two semesters for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.
SpearIt’s research and scholarship concentrates on criminal justice, paying particular attention to sentencing and corrections. Most recently his work has appeared in the Federal Sentencing Reporter, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, as well as Praeger Security International, ABC-CLIO, and SAGE publications.
Currently, SpearIt serves on the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers as well as the Leadership Board for the SLU Prison Program; he has work forthcoming in Michigan State Law Review, Columbia Journal of Race & Law, Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, as well as book chapters in The Muslims in U.S. Prisons (Lynne Rienner) and Religion and American Cultures (ABC-CLIO).
Professor Walker’s research and teaching focus on intersections between constitutional law, criminal law, and legal history. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Florida State University Law Review. He won the 2010 Law & Society Association Article Prize, the 2009 AALS Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholar Award, and was voted Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2009. His book, The Ghost of Jim Crow: How Southern Moderates Used Brown v. Board of Education to Stall Civil Rights was published by the Oxford University Press in 2009.