Sam and Cele Keeper Endowed Professor in Peace and Social Justice
Room: 307 Social Work Building
Professor Jody Williams served as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) until February 1998. Beginning in early 1992, with two non-governmental organizations and a staff of one, Williams oversaw ICBL’s growth to over 1,300 organizations in 95 countries working to eliminate antipersonnel landmines. In an unprecedented cooperative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, she served as chief strategist and spokesperson for the ICBL during a diplomatic conference held in Oslo in September 1997. During this conference, the ICBL dramatically achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines.
Three weeks later, she and the ICBL were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. At that time, Williams became the tenth woman – and
Along with sister Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi of Iran, Professor Williams took the lead in establishing the “Nobel Women’s Initiative,” which launched in January 2006. Bringing them together with sister Laureates Wangari Maathai of Kenya, Rigoberta Menchu Tum of Guatemala and Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland, the mission of the Nobel Women’s Initiative is to use the prestige and access afforded by the Nobel Peace Prize to spotlight and promote efforts of women’s rights activists, researchers and organizations working to advance peace, justice
In February through March of 2007, Williams
Since 2003, Williams has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Justice in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. In 2007, she was appointed the “Sam and Cele Keeper Endowed Professor in Peace and Social Justice.”
Professor Williams continues to be recognized for her contributions to human rights and global security. She is the recipient of fifteen honorary degrees, among other recognitions. In 2004, she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. She has written articles for magazines and newspapers around the world, contributed various chapters to countless books, and co-authored a book on the landmine crisis. Her most recent book, edited with Steve Goose and Mary Wareham, analyzes the Mine Ban Treaty and its impact on other human security-related work. It is being published for release in March 2008.
Masters in International Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C., 1984
Masters in Teaching Spanish and ESL, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT, 1976
BA, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 1972
Ms. Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to eliminate antipersonnel landmines. One of only twelve
Jody Williams' Biography
International Campaign to Ban Landmines
Nobel Women's Initiative