SAR-United States Steering Committee

The United States section of the Scholars at Risk network (SAR-United States) includes all SAR members and SAR affiliated members in the United States (this includes higher education institutions and organizations and associations with an interest in protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom).

The SAR-United States section is organized by geographic divisions and interest groups. Representing these bodies of the national section, SAR-United States steering committee members serve as ambassadors, leaders, and organizers of the section.


Adam Braver, Chair

Roger Williams University

Adam Braver holds a joint appointment as Library Program Director and professor in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He is the author of six novels.  Braver also edits the Broken Silence series for the University of New Orleans Press, whose titles include We Are Syrians, Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur’s Fight to Free her Father, and Dear Baba: A Story Through Letters. In addition to his role as Chair of the SAR-United States Steering Committee, in a collaboration between the Roger Williams University Library and SAR, Braver works as the coordinator for SAR’s Student Advocacy Seminar program.


Amy Weismann, Midwest

Iowa University

Amy Weismann is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Human Rights who teaches core courses in the Human Rights Certificate program. She assists with the management and development of the certificate program. She is an alumna of Bryn Mawr College (1993, A.B.) and the University of Iowa College of Law (2000 J.D. with Distinction). Amy served as a Law Clerk for the judges of the Seventh Judicial District of Iowa, and as a Legal Intern in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Amy also assisted the Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice with the editing of the final judgment produced by the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal 2000 for the trial of Japanese military sexual slavery.

Before law school, Amy was a humanitarian aid worker in refugee camps in the former Yugoslavia, and a resettlement caseworker for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services affiliate offices in Eastern Iowa, and managed programs for a non-profit pursuing peace and reconciliation work in Bosnia. She lives in Iowa City with her husband, Amir, a soccer coach and naturalized American citizen from Sarajevo, their daughter, Hana, and extended family.


Anne McCall, South

Xavier University of Louisiana

Anne E. McCall joined Xavier University of Louisiana as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2016. McCall holds a B.A. in French and in German from the University of Virginia and earned a degree of docteur ès lettres in French and Comparative Literature from the Université Strasbourg, France. After a visiting appointment at Vassar College, she joined the faculty at Tulane University, where she taught from 1991-2008 and developed her research program on the novel, life-writing, and relationships between law and literature. She is past president of the George Sand Association. McCall served as Director of the Women’s Studies program from 1999-2004 and as Associate Dean from 2005-2008. From 2008-2013, McCall was Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Denver then as Dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University (SUNY).

Anne McCall is committed to academic freedom. She was the institutional representative for Scholars at Risk at Binghamton University and continues in that role in her current position. McCall believes that Xavier University of Louisiana’s mission of furthering a just and humane society as well as its history of providing educational opportunities in a context of adversity and discrimination make it a strong fit for work with persecuted scholars and students. As regional representative for the South in SAR-United States, she is eager to help other academics and administrators get involved in Scholars at Risk.


Kathryn Libal, Northeast

University of Connecticut

Kathryn Libal, PhD, is Associate Professor of Social Work and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Human Rights Institute. Following her doctoral studies in cultural anthropology at the University of Washington, she taught women’s studies and anthropology at the University of Kansas for several years. Since 2007, Libal has taught at the School of Social Work and Human Rights Institute, specializing in human rights, social welfare and the state. She has published on women’s and children’s rights movements in Turkey and on the advocacy of international non-governmental organizations on behalf of Iraqi refugees.

Libal is currently conducting qualitative research on the politics of refugee resettlement, focusing on the United States. She co-edited Human Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and co-authored Human Rights-Based Approaches to Community Practice in the United States (Springer, 2015). She also co-edited Advancing Human Rights in Social Work Education (Council on Social Work Education Press, 2014). She serves on the Human Rights Committee of the Council on Social Work Education’s Global Commission. Libal is the lead liaison for the University of Connecticut’s Scholars at Risk Program, which was established in 2010.


Lori Brown, Affiliates

American Chemical Society

Lori is an International Project Manager for the American Chemical Society’s International Activities. Her responsibilities include science and human rights, diplomatic outreach, and managing federal grants. She has been with ACS since 2013. Since 2016 she has managed the Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Chemical Security Program. As part of the ACS Science and Human Rights initiative she manages a  webinar series and monitors cases of chemists and related scientists who have had their rights abridged. Lori has a background in politics, and previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and a lobbying firm. Prior to joining ACS, she served as an election observer in El Salvador. Lori holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Evansville where her thesis focused on government response to the 1918 Spanish flu.