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James Heintz
CWGL Affiliate

James is Research Professor and Associate Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has written on a wide range of economic policy issues, including employment policies, gender and labor markets, global labor standards, the distributive consequences of macroeconomic policies, economic development of sub-Saharan Africa, and the intersection between macroeconomic policy and human rights. He has worked on collaborative projects with numerous United Nations agencies, including the International Labour Organization, the U.N. Research Institute for Social Development, the Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Development Programme, and UNIFEM/UN-WOMEN. His policy work has focused on the U.S. economy and the economies of developing countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, the Gambia, Madagascar, and South Africa. He is co-author of several books including, with Nancy Folbre, The Ultimate Field Guide to the U.S. Economy. From 1996 to 1998, he worked as an economist at the National Labour and Economic Development Institute in Johannesburg, a policy think tank affiliated with the South African labor movement.

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Diane Elson
CWGL Affiliate

Diane is Emeritus Professor in sociology at the University of Essex, UK, and is a member of the Essex Human Rights Centre. She has served as adviser to UNIFEM, UNDP, Oxfam and other development agencies and is a past vice-president of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She is the chair of the UK women’s organization, the Women’s Budget Group, which analyses government economic policy and advocates for budgets that support gender equality and low income women. She publishes widely on gender and development. Her recent publications include: ‘Economic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to Account’, co-edited with Radhika Balakrishnan, Zed Books, 2011; ‘Financial regulation, capabilities and human rights in the US financial crisis: the case of housing’, co-authored with Radhika Balakrishnan and James Heintz (Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 12 (I): 153-68, 2011);Budgeting for Women’s Rights; Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW, UNIFEM, New York, 2006; ‘”Women’s rights are human rights”: campaigns and concepts’, in L. Morris (ed). Rights: Sociological Perspectives, Routledge, 2006; ‘Auditing economic policy in the light of obligations on economic and social rights’ (Essex Human Rights Review, 5(I), 2008); and ‘Gender equality and economic growth in the World Bank’ (World Development Report, 2006, Feminist Economics, 15 (3), 2009). Her academic degrees include a BA in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in economics from the University of Manchester.

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Aretha Oliver Crayton
Officer Manager

Aretha joined CWGL in 2013. Before CWGL, she served as an administrative assistant for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Middle Eastern Studies Program. From 2005 to 2008, she worked in various Rutgers units:  Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Rutgers-Newark; Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark; and Rutgers-Newark Visual and Performing Arts Department. She graduated from Rutgers-Newark with a B.A. in Sociology.

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Krishanti Dharmaraj
Executive Director

Krishanti Dharmaraj, executive director, is a feminist and human rights activist with over 25 years of experience working to advance the rights of women and girls. She is the founder of the Dignity Index, a human rights measurement tool utilized to ensure equity and inclusion to reduce identity-based discrimination. Previously, Ms. Dharmaraj was the Western Regional Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA. She is also the co-founder of WILD for Human Rights (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development) and the Sri Lanka Children’s Fund.

Ms. Dharmaraj serves on the Steering Committee for the Feminist Alliance for Rights and the Board of Directors of IDEX; is a member of the Spotlight Civil Society Global Reference Group; a Trustee of THIRST (The International Roundtable for Sustainable Tea) and the North East Women’s Network in Sri Lanka; and is on the Advisory Boards of Amnesty International, the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center, South Asia Democracy Watch, and Machik (an organization enhancing the wellbeing of those living in Tibet). She has also served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International; Women, Law and Development; Horizons Foundation; and the Center for Asian Pacific Women.

Under her leadership, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to pass legislation implementing an international human rights treaty. As a result of passing CEDAW in San Francisco the city implemented a gender analysis in departments that assessed employment, programming and service delivery and resource allocation. Currently, this public policy strategy is being implemented in cities across the United States. She has received numerous awards for her cutting-edge work, conducted trainings and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

Ms. Dharmaraj has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, at Berkeley.

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Charlotte Bunch
Founding Director


Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University, has been an activist, writer and organizer in the feminist and human rights movements for over four decades.  A Distinguished Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, Bunch was previously a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in DC and a founder of Quest: A Feminist Quarterly.  She has served on the Board of Directors of many organizations and is currently on the Board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the Advisory Committee for the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.

She has edited nine anthologies and authored Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action and Demanding Accountability: The Global Campaign and Vienna Tribunal for Women's Human Rights pdf as well as numerous essays.

Bunch has been central to feminist organizing around the UN World Conferences on Women (1980-95) and to numerous civil society efforts at the UN, including the Advisory Committee for the Secretary General’s 2006 Report to the General Assembly on Violence Against Women, and a leaders in the GEAR (Gender Equality Architecture Reform) campaign for a new UN Women agency.  Her contributions to women's human rights are recognized by many including the National Women's Hall of Fame, the White House Eleanor Roosevelt Award, and the “1000 Women Peace Makers” nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Research Interests

Professor Bunch's work focuses on the application of feminist theory to public policy questions, particularly at the global level. Her current investigations center on developing an analysis and understanding of human rights that incorporates women's lives more fully and utilizes the question of violence against women as a way of exploring the parameters of their issues both theoretically and practically. Her other public policy work has focused on issues of gender and international development. She is the author of several books and articles. Her writings include Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action (NY: St. Martin's Press, 1987); "Preambulo: Abriendo las Copuertas," in Declaracion Universal de Derecho Humanos: Texto Y Comentarios Inusuales, edited by Alda Facio (San Jose, Costa Rica: ILANUD Programa Mujer, Justiciaa y Genero, 2001); and "Taking Stock: Women's Human Rights Five Years After Beijing" in Holding On to the Promise: Women's Human Rights and the Beijing + 5 Review, edited by Cynthia Meillon and Charlotte Bunch (NJ: Center for Women's Global Leadership, 2001).


  • 2008 Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders)
  • 2008 Rutgers College Class of 1962 Presidential Public Service Award Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • 2007 Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws University of Connecticut
  • 2006 Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • 2004 New Jersey Honorary United Nations Day Chair Appointed by the Governor of New Jersey
  • 2002 Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Recipient Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • 2002 Women Who Make a Difference Award International Women's Forum
  • 2002 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Women's Enews
  • 2001 Spirit of American Women Award Girls Incorporated of Central New York
  • 2000 Women Who Make a Difference Award National Council for Research on Women
  • 1999 Church Women United Human Rights Award Church Women United
  • 1999 Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights President William Jefferson Clinton
  • 1998 The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Recognition Award to the Center for Women's Global Leadership by the Department of Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey
  • 1997 award in recognition of its "international educational and organizing work fighting violence against women" to the Center for Women's Global Leadership by the Center for Anti-Violence Education
  • 1996 Induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame
  • 1993 Feminist of the Year to the Center for Women's Global Leadership by the Feminist Majority Foundation
  • 1992 Resourceful Women Award
  • 1987 The Jessie Bernard Wise Woman Award Center for Women Policy Studies





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