• Jennifer Mason McAward

    Director and Associate Professor of Law

    Jennifer Mason McAward received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1994, majoring in Government and International Relations and minoring in Theology. Following law school, Professor Mason McAward served as a law clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She remained in Washington, D.C. to practice law,  focused on litigating federal civil rights cases, representing children in abuse, and neglect proceedings. She returned to Notre Dame in 2005 to teach at Notre Dame Law School, and was named Distinguished Professor of the Year in 2007. She was appointed Director of the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights in 2016.

    Professor Mason McAward currently teaches courses on civil rights, constitutional law, and habeas corpus. At a general level, her research considers how government institutions and actors promote individual constitutional rights. Her scholarship has explored the history of the Reconstruction Amendments and the power of Congress to pass legislation to enforce the rights created by those provisions. She has studied the role of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and of Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., in particular, in advancing civil rights reforms. Her current research focuses on how judicial and executive actors can incentivize police and prosecutors to respect the pretrial due process rights of criminal defendants.

    Jennifer Mason McAward's Bio

  • Dory Mitros Durham

    Associate Director & Associate Teaching Professor, Klau Institute for Civil & Human Rights; Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Keough School of Global Affairs

    In addition to serving as associate director, Dory Mitros Durham teaches the Klau Institute's popular "Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary" course, and serves as moderator for the online lecture series. She also acts as the School’s diversity officer and a member of the Dean’s cabinet.

    Prior to joining the Klau Institute, Durham served the federal judiciary as a career law clerk to Hon. Kenneth Ripple. She previously held a Skadden Fellowship at Indiana Legal Services, providing holistic legal services to immigrant victims of violence throughout the state and training local law enforcement agencies on issues concerning immigrant communities. Durham also taught the Judicial Externship course at Notre Dame Law School.

    Durham is a 2006 summa cum laude graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where she held the Fr. Michael D. McCafferty, C.S.C., Fellowship in Law and was the executive production editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. Durham earned her B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2001, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

    Before attending law school, Durham worked for the Office of Government Liaison at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and for the Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center.  In both positions, she focused on issues relating to particularly vulnerable immigrant populations, including unaccompanied children, asylum seekers, refugees, and victims of human trafficking and other forms of violence.

    Dory Mitros Durham's Bio

  • William Tobin

    Visiting Associate Professor

    Bill teaches classes on civil rights and refugee determination and resettlement. His teaching, undergraduate program development, and research are informed by work that takes an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary civil and human rights challenges. 

    Bill brings an historical, sociological and legal perspective to rights-based issues with a special focus on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has worked as an attorney under Julius Chambers at the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School Law, co-led a national working group of urban school superintendents focused on linking racial equity and academic achievement and facilitated a community police review in New York state. He is currently focused on academic equity at K-12, specifically ESL education (or lack thereof) and the transition from high school to college and work/career for young people on standard or sheltered/ ESL academic tracks.

    Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Bill taught history at the National University of Ireland, where he was a tenured lecturer, and then taught sociology and developed a range of undergraduate programs at Duke University. The programs at Duke focused on developing community relationships, legal and social science research and organizational and community policy change. He co-directed the Honors Program in the Department of Sociology; DukeEngage in Dublin, Republic of Ireland and Durham, NC—summer internship programs that placed undergraduates in Governmental units and NGOs focused on migration, refugees and unaccompanied minors; and the Citizenship Lab—a community-based refugee collaborative made up of elementary, high school, and college students from every background that was focused on understanding, explaining, and responding to the challenges of global migration.

    Bill received a PhD in American History from Stanford University and a JD from the University of North Carolina Law School. He taught elementary school in Boston and Baltimore City public schools.

  • Erica Loding

    Program Manager

    Erica Loding coordinates human rights-related programming, manages student internships, and provides administrative support for the Klau Institute.

    Erica’s previous experience includes time at The Hague, Netherlands; the International Criminal Court (ICC); Special Tribunal of Lebanon; International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Coalition for the International Criminal Court and civil society actors; and the Peace Palace – home to the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. She has a continued interest in international courts and the rights of women, mothers, and children.

    Erica holds an M.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University, where her research focused on the role of human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the incorporation of international law into domestic policy. She has also taught courses on international organizations and the United Nations (UN).

  • Kevin Fye

    Communications Program Manager

    Kevin coordinates communications for the Klau Institute and its academic program including news, web and print content, and event-related materials. He also serves as Senior Designer for the Dean’s Office of the Keough School of Global Affairs.

    Kevin’s experience includes fifteen years as a designer and animator with WNDU and Golden Dome Productions. In 2001 he co-founded Imagine, a visual marketing firm in South Bend, delivering communications across print, web, and video media. He earned his M.A. in Art History from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 and has taught courses in art history, design, and visual literacy at Indiana University South Bend.

  • Nicholas Crookston

    Teaching Assistant, Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary

    Nicholas is a junior enrolled in the Keough School’s supplementary major in global affairs, with a concentration in civil and human rights. He serves as the teaching and research assistant for our "Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary" initiative.