Kristen A. Stilt
Kristen A. Stilt, a leading expert on Islamic Law and society, joined the Islamic Legal Studies Program as Co-Director beginning September 2014, with her appointment as Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
Stilt comes to PLS and HLS from Northwestern University, where she was Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law at the Law School, as well as Professor of History.
Stilt’s research focuses on Islamic law and society in both historical and contemporary contexts. She was named a Carnegie Scholar for her work on constitutional Islam, and in 2013 was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
Prior to joining Northwestern University in 2007, she was an assistant professor at the University of Washington in the Law School and in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She was a visiting associate professor at Harvard Law School from 2011-2012, and she was a visiting researcher at the Islamic Legal Studies Program in 2003-2004. Stilt is the co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law.
Stilt received a JD from The University of Texas School of Law, where she was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review and co-editor-in-chief of the Texas Journal of Women in the Law. Stilt holds a PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.
Salma M. Waheedi
Salma M. Waheedi is Associate Director of the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World. She is also a Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic.
Salma’s work focuses primarily on the Middle East and North Africa region. In the International Human Rights Clinic, she supervises and trains students on legal and policy advocacy projects with a focus on accountability and the rule of law, gender justice, business and human rights, and economic and social rights. Her research interests include comparative constitutional law, family law, and Islamic law in contemporary societies.
Salma practiced international commercial law and corporate compliance law and advised various government and private sector entities on anti-corruption measures, foreign investment regulatory frameworks, land management, social welfare policies, and gender equality. Before joining the legal profession, she served as Director of Economic Planning and Development at the Economic Development Board of her native country Bahrain. In that role, she developed and managed economic reform projects focused on public sector restructuring, economic diversification, and private sector growth and helped shape key national economic and social policies. She also held positions as an international trade negotiator, management consultant in the energy sector, and Middle East political researcher and analyst.
She received her J.D. with honors from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an M.A. in Government and International Law from Georgetown University and an M.A. in International Affairs (Middle East) from American University. She is a member of the New York State Bar.
office: 1585 Mass. Ave. (WCC), Room 3124
Ceallaigh Reddy, Program Administrator for the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World, has worked at the Program since 2008. She came to PLS after many years at Management Sciences for Health, a non-profit in the field of international public health, where she was Senior Editorial and Design Associate. Reddy is the project’s primary contact for administrative and logistical matters, including fellowship programs, website, finances, and events planning and coordination. She also serves as Program Administrator for HLS’s Animal Law & Policy Program.
Reddy holds an MALD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. In her time away from work, she can often be found playing Irish traditional music in local pub sessions.
office: 1607 Mass. Ave., Room 322
Sarah Pickering is a mission-driven communications specialist with more than 20 years’ experience directing proactive and reactive media work resulting in international coverage in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, BBC, Times of India, and more. Prior to overseeing communications for the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World and Animal Law & Policy Program, both led by Professor Kristen Stilt, Sarah was International Director of Communications for Animal Equality. Throughout her career, she has consulted for numerous animal protection, environmental, and human rights organizations.
Before moving to the US from the UK in 2016, Sarah was Head of Communications for The Equal Rights Trust, a global center for excellence in equality law. Prior to that, she lived in Denmark, overseeing global programs and projects for the Foundation for Environmental Education, the world’s largest environmental education organization. Sarah also served as Communications Director for Copenhagen Climate Council for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15), World Climate Solutions, and the World Business Summit on Climate Change.
Sarah’s first job in the non-profit sector was with World Animal Protection. She was the organization’s first disaster relief media lead deployed to Pakistan after the earthquake in 2005 and Bangladesh after cyclone Sidr in 2007, among other countries. She also has worked on sustainable development projects in Africa.
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