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Erika R. George is the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law where she teaches constitutional law, international human rights law, international environmental law, and seminars in corporate citizenship. She was appointed Tanner Humanities Center Director in 2019. She earned her B.A. with honors at the University of Chicago and her J.D. at Harvard Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.  She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.  Her recent scholarship has appeared in the California Law Review, the Michigan Journal of International Law, the New York University Journal of International Law and Policy, the Berkeley Journal of Journal of International Law and the annual proceedings of the American Society of International Law.  Her current research explores the responsibilities of multinational corporations to respect international human rights and efforts to hold corporations accountable for alleged rights violations. She is a member of the Executive Board of the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights and serves on the editorial board of the Business and Human Rights Journal. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is the former Interim Director of the Tanner Center for Human Rights and a former Presidential Leadership Fellow. She served as legal studies liaison to the Master of Science in International Affairs and Global Enterprise. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Professor George served as a fellow and later consultant to Human Rights Watch conducting human rights investigations in South Africa on women’s rights, children’s rights, violence, the right to education and rights abuses related to the HIVAIDS epidemic.  Her book-length report for Human Rights Watch Scared at School: Sexual Violence Against Girls in South African Schools received widespread media coverage in South Africa and internationally.  She served as special counsel to the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.  Professor George has testified before international human rights treaty bodies, foreign governments, and has briefed the international media on international human rights law, racial discrimination, and gender violence.  She serves on the editorial board of the Business and Human Rights Journal. She is a frequent speaker on human rights, sustainability, diversity, gender equality, and corporate social responsibility. The BBC, The Economist, NBC News, CNN, and the Christian Science Monitor among other media outlets have reported on her human rights investigations. In addition to her experience as an academic and human rights advocate, Professor George has practical experience in private commercial practice, from her work as a litigation associate for the corporate law firms of Jenner & Block in Chicago and later Coudert Brothers LLP in New York City.  She is the author of Incorporating Rights forthcoming from Oxford University Press.



Beth James, Tanner Humanities Center Associate Director, received bachelor’s degrees with honors in English and Psychology from Boston University. She has worked at the Tanner Humanities Center since 2003 and was appointed Associate Director in 2015. James is responsible for all center operations.  She handles budgets, accounts, payroll, and contracts; processes fellowship applications; coordinates all contracts for speakers and events; manages planning logistics for visiting speakers; and assures compliance with accounting, human resource, and development policies and procedures. She coordinates with Tanner Humanities Center Advisory Boards, University of Utah partners and faculty, and community organizations. She also administers the multi-university Tanner Lectures on Human Values series, organizes annual meetings for the Tanner Board of Trustees, and oversees the center’s Gateway Workshops and National Theatre Live Program.  James’ strategic acumen, deep institutional knowledge, and ability to manage multiple programs, complex logistics, and varied constituencies make her an invaluable member of the Tanner Humanities Center Team. She also played a central role in developing, planning, and executing two NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops (Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience) in 2017 and 2019.

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Susan Anderson, Tanner Humanities Center Development Officer, earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in English and Education and her master’s degree in English from Marquette University and received graduate training in English with an emphasis in American Studies and poetry at the University of Utah. She has taught courses in writing and literature and worked as an editor, writer, and grant writer. She also has taught poetry to elementary students in Salt Lake City and developed and conducted a book group for Art Access, a local nonprofit arts organization that provides arts programs to people with disabilities and other underserved populations. Anderson began working at the Tanner Humanities Center in 2015. She is responsible for all development activities: establishing fundraising priorities; exploring local, state, and national funding opportunities; writing and managing grants and other development and marketing documents; and researching, cultivating, stewarding, and tracking donors. She also communicates and coordinates funding efforts with development staff in the College of Humanities and assures compliance with the University of Utah’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Office of Sponsored Projects. As a core member of the Tanner Humanities Center Team, Anderson also is involved in strategic, event, and program planning, project management, and stakeholder outreach and coordination. She also played a central role in developing, planning, and executing two NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops (Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience) in 2017 and 2019.

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Katie Piula | Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Katie earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations from Utah State University in 2017. She joined the Tanner Team in the spring of 2020 as the Marketing and Communication Coordinator and is responsible for all marketing and communication duties. This includes assessing, targeting, and connecting with various constituencies; researching and maintaining media contacts; designing and developing promotional materials for TV, radio, print, and electronic media; and assuring compliance with the University of Utah’s marketing and communication policies and procedures. She also manages the center’s website, databases, program registration, and social media and handles audio, video, and photo logistics and production. 


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Last Updated: 6/30/21