Director – Kelly-Kate Pease, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., Louisiana State University
Kelly-Kate Pease is a professor of international relations in the Department of History, Politics and International Relations. She is one of the founding faculty members of Webster University’s undergraduate degree program in international human rights, having developed the curriculum with the late Professor Art Sandler. Pease helped conceptualize and write the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant that led to the creation to the human rights program, and she also developed “International Human Rights Law” as one of its core courses.
Pease is a noted international relations scholar who has published extensively in areas related to human rights. Her book International Organizations: Perspectives on Global Governance is currently in its fourth edition, and the co-authored book The United Nations and Changing World Politics is in its sixth. Pease also publishes articles and chapters on human rights, humanitarian intervention, humanitarian assistance, and most recently, international criminal law. Her current research project focuses on the impact of Joint Criminal Enterprise – a legal doctrine for prosecuting war crimes – as a mode of legal liability for holding leaders accountable for gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.
Associate Director – Lindsey Kingston, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.A., Syracuse University
M.A., American University
B.S., Boston University
Lindsey Kingston is an assistant professor of international human rights whose teaching responsibilities are divided between the human rights program and the Department of History, Politics and International Relations. In addition to serving as the Institute’s Associate Director, she is also Director of the undergraduate degree program in international human rights and the faculty advisor for the student group, One. Classes taught at Webster include Introduction to Human Rights, “Globalization, Social Justice, and Human Rights,” and Introduction to International Relations.
Kingston is a topical expert on the issue of statelessness – a human rights violation in which a person does not have legal nationality to any country. Her recent work examines why this problem, which affects at least 12 million people worldwide, has failed to successfully emerge onto the human rights agenda of state governments and non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International. Kingston’s additional research interests related to indigenous rights and social movements have brought her to fieldwork locations throughout the United States, Thailand, and the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut.
Year of International Human Rights (YIHR) Coordinator – Andrea Miller, Ph.D.
Ph.D., American University
M.A., American University
B.A., Truman State University
Andrea Miller is a sociologist who teaches courses in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the human rights program at Webster University. She coordinates the Year of International Human Rights, which brings a variety of human rights events and activities to Webster campuses worldwide.
Dr. Miller’s areas of expertise are gender and sexuality, and she recently served as Program Chair for the American Sociological Association’s section on Human Rights (2008-2009). Her publications include: “Working the Boundaries: Bisexuality and Transgender on Film” (co-authored with Betsy Lucal for Cinematic Sociology, Pine Forge 2010) and “The Pedagogy of (In)Visibility: Two Accounts of Teaching about Sex, Gender, and Sexuality” (co-authored with Betsy Lucal, Teaching Sociology, July 2009). She also recently presented “Human Rights and Feminist Sociological Theory” at the 104th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (August 2009) and “How the United States Supports a Rape Culture” at St. Louis Community College-Meramec (March 2010). She is currently writing an introductory human rights textbook for Kumarian Press.
Institute Administrator- Kelly McBride
M.A. The American University in Cairo
B.A. Saint Louis University
Kelly McBride recently completed a Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Public Policy, in International Human Rights Law, at The American University in Cairo. Her thesis was written on the necessity for durable solutions for stateless persons, which included a qualitative analysis of the livelihoods of stateless persons living in Egypt. She has worked as a legal advisor at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance-Egypt (AMERA), and most recently as a statelessness consultant for the organization. She has also conducted research on statelessness on behalf of the Equal Rights Trust (UK) on stateless persons in detention in Egypt.
Institute Assistant- Rachel Treloar
Rachel Treloar, a senior at Webster University, is majoring in Human Rights and German. She recently spent five weeks in Thailand gaining field experience at a youth hostel in Omkoi. There, she taught English classes in the local elementary school and tutored older hill tribe students in the evenings. She is particularly interested in refugee and migrant rights and, after her time in Thailand, believes education is one of the most sustainable tools for alleviating the effects of poverty. Apart from working for Webster University’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, she is also involved in Amnesty International, eagerly attends local human rights conferences, and loves her part time job as a Starbucks barista.
Members of the Institute volunteering with the International Institute of Saint Louis for Webster Works Worldwide.