Area of Focus: Chad, Congo, research, Sudan, violence against women
Location: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Lee Ann De Reus is an Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Women Studies at Pennsylvania State University-Altoona and the co-founder of Panzi Foundation USA. As a scholar-activist, she travels regularly to Panzi Hospital in eastern DR Congo to conduct research, develop programs for rape survivors, and inform her advocacy work in the U.S. She co-leads an annual field experience for PSU students to Rwanda and co-founded Beza Project (www.bezaproject.org) in support of vulnerable women and children. Dr. De Reus is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards from Penn State University including the prestigious George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Spirit of Internationalization Award given in honor of her commitment to global service and outreach. She leads the Genocide Relief Project, a local community-based anti-genocide advocacy, education and aid organization and she is a featured activist in John Prendergast’s book, The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes. A guest blogger for Women Under Siege and speaker about the crisis in the DRC, her 2013 presentations include TEDxPSU, Daring to Make a Difference for Congo and the Oslo Freedom Forum, A Different Kind of Warfare.