Kate Abendroth is a Program Coordinator at The Kenan Institute for Ethics. She provides support for the Ethics Certificate, Environmental Ethics, Duke Human Rights Center, and Cover Up programs. Kate also coordinates the Ethics Films Series. A recent graduate of Duke University (B.A. 2016), Kate is excited to continue her journey with the Institute that began with the FOCUS program her freshman year.
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.
Christian Ferney is Program Director at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He oversees university-wide ethics initiatives, ethics curriculum development, and the KIE alumni network. In a previous role, he managed many of the Institute’s co-curricular programs, such as Team Kenan and Project Change. 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.
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, manages the survey research and data analysis, along with writing for the Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility project, and manages the KIE Campus Grants Program and the Moral Purpose Award essay competition. She also teaches Refugee Policy and Practice for DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Rights at KIE where she taught and served as the DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted Field Director in Nepal, coordinated the Ethics Film Series, and worked with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. 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.
John Rose is Instructor and Associate Director of the Arete Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He assists the Arete Initiative in sponsoring scholarship and learning opportunities focused on recovering and sustaining the virtues in contemporary life, especially in the workplace, university, and public square. John’s research concerns the tradition of virtue ethics and Christian theology. Originally from Iowa, John holds a B.A. in Religion from Wabash College, an M.T.S. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Bryan Roth is the Communications and Advancement Manager at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He supports Kenan staff and faculty with communications strategies and planning, from the Kenan website and social accounts to events and publications. Originally from Geneva, New York, he’s worked at Duke since 2008. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in liberal studies from UNC-Greensboro.
Dan Smith is Student Programs Manager at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He manages many of the Institute’s co-curricular programs, such as Team Kenan and Project Change, as well as the Institute’s arts initiatives, including the Graduate Arts Fellowship. His photography has been published in The New York Times, Ain’t Bad and Bit & Grain, amongst others. A native of Durham, Dan hold a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University and an M.F.A. in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke.
Tra Tran is a Research Associate at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She works with the Global Migration program, specifically with the Kenan Refugee Project. Tra moved to North Carolina from New Mexico, and holds a B.A. in psychology and cultural anthropology from Duke University. She is also an alumna of KIE’s DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted program.