Biographies - IP/Gender 2011
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
Women and the Law Program
Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law
The Eight Annual IP/Gender Mapping the Connections
Gender and Traditional Cultural Epressions
April 1, 2011
Associate Professor of Law
Queen's University Faculty of Law, Canada Bita Amani is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Queen's University in Kingston where she has been teaching trademarks and unfair competition, and tort law, since 2002. Prior to that she was co-director of and lecturer for International Aspects of Intellectual Property Law, Osgoode Hall Law School. She has presented seminars on patenting life as a visiting research fellow at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva (summer 2008), a visiting research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Intellectual Property Research, and the Centre for International Governance at Leed's University where she is expanding her research into the European and comparative perspective on biopatenting law and policy. Professor Amani has written and published in the fields of copyright, trademarks, patents, indigenous rights, IP governance and regulatory diversity, and international law. She has a forthcoming book, "Patenting Life in International Law and State Agency: Merchants and Missionaries" to be published by Asghate Publishing in its Globalization and the Law Series (2008). Dr. Amani has served as policy consultant to the Ontario Advisory Committee on Predictive Genetic Technologies, to the Ministry of the Attorney General as editor and annotations editor of laws and regulations for the E-Laws Project, and as policy co-consultant to the Department of Justice and Status of Women Canada on recognizing foreign polygamous marriages with a recent published report. Dr. Amani also serves as legal expert for various media, including CBC Radio's IDEAS programme; she was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2000.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Massachusetts – Amherst Jane Anderson is a legal scholar, a consultant and an advocate on intellectual property and Indigenous/traditional/local knowledge resources. Jane Anderson holds a PhD in Law from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her work is focused on the philosophical and practical problems for intellectual property law and the protection of Indigenous/traditional knowledge and cultural heritage. In addition to her theoretical and philosophical work in this field, Jane has worked on a range of intellectual property and Indigenous knowledge projects with Indigenous communities and organizations in Australia, Indonesia, Canada and the United States. In Australia these projects have focused on addressing Indigenous interests in access, control and ownership of ethnographic and cultural materials within libraries, archives and museums and the digital repatriation of this material back to communities. In Indonesia as part of an inter-disciplinary research team, Jane worked with local artists and community leaders, non-governmental organizations and Indonesian government officials to develop alternative legal strategies for the protection of traditional artistic expressions across the Indonesian archipelago. Jane is also working on several ongoing projects: namely, in Canada with Greg Young-Ing, Merle C. Alexander and the Indigenous Peoples Caucus on the development of practical guidelines for Indigenous and local communities when developing intellectual property protocols; as a Project Ethnographer for the SSHRC Project Intellectual Property in Cultural Heritage: Theory, Practice, Policy, Ethic; and with the World Intellectual Property Organization on the development of an international alternative dispute resolution/mediation service for intellectual property and Indigenous/traditional/local knowledge disputes. Her book Law, Knowledge, Culture: The Production of Indigenous Knowledge in Intellectual Property Law was published in 2009 with Edward Elgar Press, UK.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Lorraine V. Aragon is a cultural anthropologist specializing in Indonesian religion, ritual arts, intellectual property models, and minority-state relations. She works as an Adjunct Associate Professor for the Departments of Anthropology and Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Currently a 2010-2011 Fellow at the National Humanities Center, Professor Aragon is writing a book on intellectual property law’s cultural problems in developing nations such as Indonesia. “Arts and Owners,” an initial article on this research (co-authored with James Leach,) appears in American Ethnologist 35(4): 603-631, October 2008. Lorraine Aragon’s previous books include Fields of the Lord: Animism, Christian Minorities, and State Development in Indonesia (Hawaii, 2000); and Beyond the Java Sea: Art of Indonesia's Outer Islands (Washington D.C. and N.Y.: National Museum of Natural History and Abrams Press, 1991) which she co-authored with Paul M. Taylor.
Associate Professor of Communication
University of California – San Diego Professor Boateng has published on intellectual property protection of folklore and indigenous knowledge; textiles and identity in the African Diaspora; and gender training in Ghana. She started out producing training materials for agricultural extension in Ghana and then moved to the Ghana National Council on Women and Development where she undertook advocacy and clearinghouse services for women. Following that she worked as a private consultant offering training in gender analysis and gender sensitization for professionals in public and private sector organizations in Ghana. She is interested in issues of power in three main areas: gender relations, global cultural flows, and intellectual property regulation.
Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
American University Washington College of Law Michael W. Carroll joined the WCL faculty in 2009 after visiting during the 2008-09 academic year. He previously was a member of the faculty of the Villanova University School of Law. He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw. Prior to entering the academy, he served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Chicago. Professor Carroll's research focuses on the search for balance in intellectual property law over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. He also acts on his ideas. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides free, standardized copyright licenses to enable and to encourage legal sharing of creative and other copyrighted works. He also is on the sub-group of Board Members who advise the organization's Science Commons division and its education division, ccLearn. Professor Carroll also is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue.
Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice and Associate Dean for Research
Seattle University School of Law Margaret Chon is the Donald & Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice and Associate Dean for Research at Seattle University School of Law. Since joining the Seattle University faculty, Margaret Chon has been a dedicated teacher as well as a prolific scholar in both the governance of knowledge and of race. Her current scholarship is a genre she characterizes as global intellectual property equality, focusing on the distribution and production of knowledge and its relation to other global public goods necessary for human development and flourishing. She is also currently the Associate Dean for Research, responsible for nurturing the law school faculty’s academic excellence and showcasing its rapidly growing scholarly reputation. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Cornell University College of Arts and Science. Following graduation from law school in 1986, Chon worked for a year as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She then clerked for the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. After her clerkship, she practiced intellectual property law with Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia. Just prior to embarking on her teaching career, she served in an administrative clerkship with Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where she assisted in the revision of the local Third Circuit rules. Throughout her legal career, she has been and continues to be active in many community and professional organizations.
Executive Director, Remedia
Jillian De Gezelle is the Executive Director of Remedia, a nonprofit organization working in international partnerships to promote the revitalization of practices of traditional medicine and other forms of traditional knowledge, through innovative research, education, empowerment, and media production. She graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon with a BA in Biology and a secondary focus in Cultural Anthropology. She is now a PhD Candidate in Plant Sciences, and currently writing her dissertation on Belizean Ethnomedicine, in a joint program between The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, and The New York Botanical Garden. Jillian is also an adjunct lecturer at Lehman College and CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Western Kentucky University
Nadia De Leon is currently an adjunct faculty member at Western Kentucky University where she teaches courses on cultural diversity, folklore, and women and gender studies, and coordinates campus and community partnerships, as well as service-learning and community-based scholarship opportunities for students and faculty. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with emphasis in Post-Secondary Education and Organizational Leadership. She holds an M.A. in Folklore with a Public Sector track, focusing on education, cultural conservation, and work with museums and community organizations. She also completed a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. Her research focuses on dance ethnology, identity, and post-colonialism. She is a graduate of the WKU Honors College and holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts Education with emphasis in Dance Education, for which she completed a thesis on Belly Dance as a Means of Dance Therapy for Survivors of Sexual Assault, and implemented a Hispanic arts & humanities educational program titled Raíces - Identity in Motion.
Alicia Ory De Nicola
Research Associate in Anthropology
University College London Alicia Ory DeNicola is currently an Honorary Research Associate at University College London, but She recently accepted an assistant professorship at Oxford College in Atlanta to begin in the fall of 2011. She researches people's everyday working lives with a concentration on small businesses and work identified as “independent.” She has done research in rural and urban India as well as the rural United States. Along with a colleague, Clare Wilkinson-Weber, She is in the process of planning a Wenner-Gren funded workshop and an associated edited volume on retheorizing craft and artisanship in anthropology.
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
American University Washington College of Law Professor Farley joined the law faculty at American in 1999 and was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2007. Professor Farley teaches courses in Intellectual Property Law, Trademark Law, International and Comparative Trademark Law, and Law and the Visual Arts. In addition, she had served as Co-Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. Before joining the faculty, Professor Farley was an associate specializing in intellectual property litigation with Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman in New York. Prof. Farley's scholarly work is in the areas of on intellectual property, international law, and art law. Her current projects study the intersection of art and IP; and the unstable basis of rights in the development of trademark law.
Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Head of United States Delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization, and Professor of Law, Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law Justin Hughes teaches intellectual property, international trade, and internet law at Cardozo Law School, where students selected him for best professor awards in 2000, 2006, 2009, and 2010. He was Director of the law school's Intellectual Property Program from 2004 through 2008; he is the founder and faculty director of the law school's Indie Film Clinic, the first of its kind. Since November 2009, Professor Hughes has also served as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property. In that capacity he leads many of the United States' delegations at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Before joining academia, Professor Hughes did intellectual property policy in the Clinton Administration. He also practiced law in Paris and Los Angeles. As a Henry Luce Scholar, he clerked for the Lord President of the Malaysian Supreme Court in Kuala Lumpur. In the 1990s, Professor Hughes did volunteer work in democracy development in Latin America, west Africa, and the Balkans, including serving as deputy producer for the first televised presidential debates in Bosnia (1998) following the Dayton Peace Accords. From 2005 to 2009, he served as chairman of the Technicolor/Thomson Foundation for Film and Television Heritage, headquartered in Paris. Professor Hughes is the author of several articles on intellectual property, internet law, international arbitration, and linguistics. He was educated at Oberlin and Harvard.
Professor of Law and Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic
American University Washington College of Law Peter Jaszi teaches domestic and international copyright law, as well as law and literature. He also directs the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and helped to establish the Program on Intellectual Property and Information Justice. Professor Jaszi is a frequent speaker to professional audiences in the United States and abroad. With Craig Joyce, Marshall Leaffer and Tyler Ochoa, he co-authors a standard copyright textbook, Copyright Law (Lexis, 7th ed., 2006). Alone and with Martha Woodmansee, he has written several articles on copyright history and theory; together they edited The Construction of Authorship, published by Duke University Press. In 1994, Professor Jaszi was a member of the Librarian of Congress’ Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit, and in 1995 he was an organizer of the Digital Future Coalition. He is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and a member of the editorial board of its journal. In 2007, he received the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award, and in 2009 the Intellectual Property Section of the District of Columbia Bar honored him as the year’s Champion of Intellectual Property. Since 2005, Professor Jaszi has been working with Professor Patricia Aufderheide of the American University’s Center for Social Media on projects designed to promote the understanding of fair use by documentary filmmakers and other creators. In 2006-07, he led an interdisciplinary research team, funded by the Ford Foundation,that investigated the connections between intellectual law and the traditional arts in Indonesia. He currently serves on the board of ITVS, an important funder of documentary film projects. For the years 2009-2010, Professor Jaszi is serving as the Intellectual Property Scholar of the Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland University College.
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Washington School of Law Sylvia Wairimu Kang’ara is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law and an Affiliate Professor in the African Studies Program of the Jackson School of International Studies. She is the author of Rethinking Property: Language, Meaning and Institutions, 13 Hague Y. B. Int'l L. 37-42 (2001); When the Pendulum Swings Too Far: Structural Adjustment Programs in Kenya, 1998-99 Third World Legal Stud. 109-51; and Why Take Private Law Seriously in Africa? Am. U. Int’L L. Rev. (forthcoming). Professor Kang’ara graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1996 with an LL.B. and Harvard Law School in 1998 with an LL.M. and in 2003 with an S.J.D. in Comparative Private Law and Property Theory. Prior to undertaking advanced legal studies, Professor Kang'ara was a legal consultant on law reform for the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya). After graduate studies, Professor Kang'ara worked in the project finance and equipment-leasing department of the New York law firm of White & Case, LLP before joining the faculty of Oklahoma City University Law School as a visiting assistant professor. She currently teaches courses in property law, theories of justice, and public international law.
Practitioner-in-Residence and Associate Director of the Women and the Law Program
American University Washington College of Law Daniela Kraiem is the Associate Director of the Women and the Law Program and a Practitioner-in-Residence at American University Washington College of Law. Daniela works with the students, faculty and staff of the Washington College of Law incorporate gender into all aspects of legal education. She plans academic conferences on various subjects in the area of feminist jurisprudence (including in recent years meetings addressing Comparative Family Law, IP/Gender, Human Trafficking, and Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-based Crimes Before International/ized Criminal Tribunals). She coordinates grant-funded projects, including the Gender Jurisprudence Database Project (with the War Crimes Research Office). She collaborates with student groups to plan events on current issues in gender and law, works with the Academic Dean’s office to support the Washington College of Law’s comprehensive gender and law curriculum, and advises the students enrolled in the Gender and Law specializations in Washington College of Law’s two LLM programs. Prior to joining the Washington College of Law, she represented labor unions and workers as an Associate at the law firm of McCarthy, Johnson and Miller in San Francisco. She was also a Staff Attorney at the Child Care Law Center, where she specialized in early childhood education workforce development, supporting women-owned small businesses, and increasing the availability of high quality child care for all children. Her current research interests include the political economy of long term care for the elderly and persons with disabilities, child care, and gender and legal education.
Associate Professor of English, Comparative Studies, & Anthropology
Ohio State University Dr. Noyes is a folklorist who studies the collective representations of plural societies, the social organization of vernacular creativity, and the history of international cultural regimes. Her primary fieldwork is in Catalonia but she likes to travel. She teaches courses in folklore theory, performance theory, festival, cultural regimes, and the cultural history of trash.
Professor of Africana Studies
Binghamton University Professor Nkiru Nzegwu, artist, curator, and poet, has introduced first-ever courses at Binghamton University such as Philosophy of Orisha Worship and Hip-Hop I and II. Among Dr. Nzegwu's areas of expertise are African aesthetics, philosophy, African feminist issues, and multicultural studies in art. Nzegwu is currently serving as Chair of Africana Studies at Binghamton University. She has a B.A in Fine Arts and an M.A. in Philosophy, both from University of Ife, and a PhD in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from University of Ottowa. Dr. Nzegwu is founder of africaresource.com, an award-winning educational web site. Among the website's features are a searchable database of scholarly journal articles, art gallery, scholar profiles, poetry, and oral histories. Africaresource.com has been featured by such recognizable media firms as BBC and PBS.
Associate Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology
Brown University Marc Perlman, ethnomusicologist, received his Ph.D. from Wesleyan University. Before joining Brown University, he spent a year as a Fellow of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. He has also taught at Tufts University, and in Indonesia, where he was founding editor of the Journal of the Indonesian Musicological Society. His scholarly writings have appeared in the journals Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, Musical Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, Music Perception, Indonesia, Social Studies of Science, and in the revised edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He has also published in Rhythm Music Magazine and the New York Times. He is a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Professor Perlman's research interests include Indonesian music, the psychology of music, the history and ethnography of music theory, intellectual property law, the variety of musical taste cultures, the cultural impact of music technology, the social history of American music education, the Historical Performance movement in Western art music, Irish music, and Burmese music.
Professor of Law, Carrington Shields Scholar, and Director of the Women and the Law Program
American University Washington College of Law Ann Shalleck is director of the Women and the Law Program; the Women in International Program and professor of law. She holds expertise in clinical legal education, legal theory, Family Law and child welfare. Shalleck has been presenter at many conferences on clinical legal education; gender & the law; gender and international human rights. She organized a symposium on domestic violence and achieving gender equality. She has authored many books and articles on clinical education, child welfare and women’s rights.
Institute of Museum and Library Services Nancy E. Weiss serves as General Counsel of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In this capacity, she advises the Director, the National Museum and Library Services Board, and agency officials on the legal aspects of cultural activity, public-private partnerships, grant-making, and the full range of legal issues involved in managing a federal agency. Nancy has represented the United States Government on delegations to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Organization of American States (OAS), and international conferences relating to Holocaust-Era Assets. Prior to joining IMLS, Nancy served as Deputy General Counsel of the National Endowment for the Humanities, where she also provided counsel to the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program and represented the agency on the National Archives Trust Fund Board. Nancy earlier practiced litigation and media law at Williams and Connelly in Washington D.C., held a legal research fellowship in New Delhi, India, and completed a federal judicial clerkship with the Hon. William W Schwarzer (N.D. California and Director of the Federal Judicial Center). Nancy graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, and phi beta kappa with a degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to attending law school, Nancy directed a student retention program at the University of Pennsylvania and managed Philadelphia's Shubert Theatre.