Bashar Alobaidi is the Staff Assistant at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He provides information and personal assistance to visitors, callers, internal staff, and faculty regarding programs, policies, and services of the Institute. He assists in the arrangements of the Monday Seminar, Faculty Council and Faculty Study Group meetings. Bashar is originally from Iraq, having moved to the U.S. in December 2012 after getting his Dental Degree from Cairo, Egypt.
Michaela Dwyer is a Stephen and Janet Bear Postgraduate Fellow in Ethics at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. She assists with and develops a variety of programs across the Institute in addition to writing for the Kenan Insider blog. Michaela is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and an alumna of DukeEngage Dublin. She holds a BA in English and a Certificate in Documentary Studies from Duke.
Christian Ferney is the Student Programs Manager at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He oversees many of the Institute’s cocurricular programs, chiefly Team Kenan and Project Change. He also teaches a course every fall as part of the Ethics, Leadership, & Global Citizenship Focus Cluster. A native of Portland, Oregon, he has lived in Durham since 2003. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Linfield College; he earned his M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) in Sociology at Duke University.
Dana Hall is the Business Manager for the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. She oversees the day-to-day financial responsibilities as well as manages personnel activities for the Institute. A native of Durham, NC, Dana has worked at Duke University in various administrative positions since 1979.
Suzanne Katzenstein is a Research Scholar and the Project Director at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Her current research analyzes government use of different economic and legal strategies to protect national security and promote human rights. Most recently, Suzanne was a visiting assistant professor at Duke Law School. At Kenan, Suzanne teaches classes on human rights and is working to advance new human rights programming with a special focus on cultivating global partnerships. Suzanne has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
Mekisha Mebane is Student Program Coordinator at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. She works with the Experiential Certificate Program, plans Focus field trips and other projects. Prior to joining Kenan in 2013, she worked in Duke’s Focus Program. A native of North Carolina, Mekisha holds a B.A. in Sociology from North Carolina Central University and a M.A. in Human Services from Liberty University.
Amber Díaz Pearson
Amber Díaz Pearson is a Research Scholar at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She works on research and programming with the Rethinking Regulation Program and the Religions and Public Life Initiative at Kenan, conducts survey research and analysis for the Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility project, and coordinates the Kenan Practitioner in Residence program. Most recently, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Rights at Kenan where she taught international law and refugee policy for DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted, served as the DukeImmerse Field Director in Nepal, coordinated the Ethics Film Series, and worked with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Her research interests include international ethics, public opinion, and experimental, qualitative, and multimethod research tools. Amber holds a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Spanish from Arizona State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University.
Katherine Scott is Communications and Advancement Manager at the Institute. She oversees all internal and external communications strategies, including web presence, social media, publications, and public relations. She also works with Duke’s Development Office on behalf of the Institute. A native North Carolinian, Katherine holds a B.A. in Graphic Design and Art History from Meredith College and an M.A. in Art History from Rutgers University.
David Steinbrenner is International Programs Coordinator at the Institute.